Cold War: A Brief History

Maximum Range of Cuban Missiles

Missile Range Map
SS-4 SANDAL SS-5 SKEAN
Warheads Single Single
Yield 1-1.3/2-2/3 Mt 1.0 or 2.0 -2.3 Mt
Range (km) 2,000 km 4500 or 3200 -3700 km
Background Information: The SS-4 was the first Soviet strategic missile using storable propellants and a completely autonomous inertial guidance system. With its capability to deliver a megaton-class nuclear warhead the rocket provided a capability to attack strategic targets at medium ranges. This system constituted the bulk of the Soviet offensive missile threat to Western Europe. It was deployed at both soft launch pads and hard silos.

The SS-5 was a single-stage, storable liquid-propellant, intermediate range ballistic missile. As with the SS-4, the Skean missile was a single stage missile with integral fuel tanks though it was larger and twice the maximum range.

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