One of the basic advantages of the missile complex is a capability to launch missiles on warning (second-strike capability) when faced with surface and high-altitude detonations.

15А18М (SS-18 Mod 5,6) Missile

A high-powered versatile liquid-propellant deployment system, used in the missile, enabled full assembly of the missile at the factory, which simplified operations at military sites and improved operational reliability and safety.

A control system, based on efficient new-generation digital computer complexes (onboard and ground) and high-precision command instrumentation continuously operating during combat duty, utilized highly hardened circuitry.

A new thermal control system maintained required temperature for continuously operating instruments.

33 launches in all were conducted, 97.4% of them successful.

15А18М Missile Basic Specifications

 

15А18М

Number of stages

2 plus a post-boost stage

Launch weight, tnf

- ‘light’ nose cone

- MIRV

 

211,1

211,4

Length, m

34,3

Diameter, m

3

Propellants:

Liquid, high-boiling hypergolic

- oxidizer

NTO

- fuel

UDMH

Number of warheads

10

Maximum operational range, km

- ‘light’ nose cone

- MIRV

 

 

16000

11000

Put in service

1988