Soviet Missile R-12 in a Museum

Soviet Missile R-12 in a Museum

Ukrainian blogger Komariv went to the Soviet Cosmonautics museum and took a few photos of a Soviet R-12 rocket, which was the most mass produced Russian strategic missile. It was first implemented in 1959 and its range is 2,000 kilometers. It carries a nuclear load of 1 megaton of TNT and in the museum it is being displayed on a launch pod. Let’s see some details!

Soviet Missile R-12 in a Museum

So here is the launching pod. It can be used if needed to hold the missile in a vertical position for long periods of time. The red marks the parts that need to be removed before the launch.

Soviet Missile R-12 in a Museum

This archive picture shows the actual scale and size of the rocket.

Soviet Missile R-12 in a Museum

The iron foundation is usually molded into the concrete foundation.

Soviet Missile R-12 in a Museum

And this is a sample of a concrete foundation.

Soviet Missile R-12 in a Museum

This is how its position is fine tuned.

Soviet Missile R-12 in a Museum

Together with old Soviet instructions.

Soviet Missile R-12 in a Museum

It was moved to the museum in 1989 thanks to the Soviet/American peace treaty. Here is a list of names of those who witnessed the process (from both sides).

Soviet Missile R-12 in a Museum

NATO calls it an SS-4 “Sandal”. Why a sandal??

Soviet Missile R-12 in a Museum

The missile can be rotated so as to point it towards the exact site it needs to be launched at.

Soviet Missile R-12 in a Museum

Soviet Missile R-12 in a Museum

The base of the missile. It uses a four chamber engine.

Soviet Missile R-12 in a Museum

Soviet Missile R-12 in a Museum

Here you can see a dismounted engine separately from the missile.

Soviet Missile R-12 in a Museum

Soviet Missile R-12 in a Museum

Soviet Missile R-12 in a Museum

Soviet Missile R-12 in a Museum

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