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ICBM Base
Category of launch sites.

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Aleisk Headquarters of an RVSN Division, 1964-present. Base for units deployed with 30 heavy ICBM silos (R-36/R-36M).

Altus AFB Atlas F ICBM (SMS 577) base, 1962-1965. The 12 missiles here constituted America's ICBM deterrent force during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Beale AFB Titan I ICBM base. Beale was originally used as an army base in World War II. In 1959 it was selected as headquarters for the 851st Strategic Missile Squadron with nine Titan 1 missiles. Three complexes of three silos each were located 40 to 100 km west of the base. The missiles were emplaced in the silos between 28 February and 20 April 1962. However due to its poor reaction time the Titan 1's career was brief. Only three years later, by the end of April 1965, the squadron was deactivated, the missiles removed, and the silos abandoned.

Bershet Headquarters of an RVSN Division, 1961-present. Base for units deployed with R-16 ICBM initially. Later 60 light ICBM (UR-100) silos operated, later supplemented by 9 RT-23 mobile ICBM launchers.

Bologoye/Vypolzovo Headquarters of an RVSN Division, 1961-present. Base for units deployed with R-16 ICBM, later 90 light ICBM (UR-100) silos. At the end of the UR-100's service life 47 of these continued in use with the MR-UR-100.

Davis-Monthan AFB Titan 2 ICBM base. Davis-Monthan, a US military base since 1925, was selected in 1960 as the headquarters for a Titan 2 ICBM wing (the 570th). By the end of 1962 18 silos had been built, at the cost of five lives and many injuries. The missiles remained on alert in their silos for nearly twenty years, until the decision was taken to retire them in October 1981. The missiles were removed for refurbishment and use as space launchers. The silos were demolished with explosives beginning 30 November 1983. One silo was preserved as the Titan Missile Museum.

Derzhavinsk Headquarters of an RVSN Division, 1965-1996. Operated 52 heavy ICBM silos (R-36/R-36M2).

Dombarovskiy Headquarters of an RVSN Division, 1964-present. Operated 64 heavy ICBM silos (R-36/R-36M). Two silos were modified to launch surplus R-36M missiles as orbital launch vehicles.

Drovyanaya Headquarters of an RVSN Division, 1965-present. Base for a peak of 90 light ICBM silos (UR-100/UR-100N). Number had declined to 50 by 1993.

Dyess AFB Atlas F (SMS 578) ICBM base.

Ellsworth AFB Titan I and Minuteman ICBM base 1962-1994. Ellsworth hosted the unique 'Long Life' test of a Minuteman ICBM in 1965. This was the only launch of an ICBM from an operational inland US missile site.

Fairchild AFB Atlas E (SMS 567) ICBM base.

Forbes AFB Atlas E (SMS 548) ICBM base.

Gladkaya/Krasnoyarsk Headquarters of an RVSN Division, 1961-present. Base for units operating 90 light ICBM (UR-100/UR-100N) silos. By 1993 number of active silos was down to 40.

Grand Forks AFB Minuteman ICBM base.

Irkutsk Headquarters of an RVSN Division, 1982-present. Division moved from Lithuania. Base for units deployed with 36 RT-2PM launchers.

Itatka Headquarters of an RVSN Division, 1961-1978. Operated R-16 launchers.

Kansk Base for units deployed with 27 RT-2PM missiles.

Kartaly Kartaly-6. Headquarters of an RVSN Division, 1965-present. Base for 46 heavy ICBM (R-36/R-36M) silos.

Khmelnitskiy Headquarters of an RVSN Division, 1960-1993, equipped with 90 light ICBM silos (UR-100/UR-100N) and possibly operating some R-12 launchers. In the 1950's this was the base for units deployed with two R-1 launchers.

Kostroma Headquarters of an RVSN Division, 1961-present. Operated 90 light ICBM silos (UR-100). 60 of these were later converted to MR-UR-100. After these were retired 12 RT-23 mobile launchers were headquartered here.

Kozelsk Headquarters of an RVSN Division, 1961-present. Originally R-9 ICBM launchers were controlled from here. Later 90 light ICBM silos (UR-100) were built. By the time of installation of the updated UR-100N only 70 silos remained operational.

Larson AFB Titan I ICBM base.

Lida Headquarters of an RVSN Division, 1961-1997. Base for units deployed with twelve R-12, 27 RT-2PM, and later nine Pioner, launchers.

Lincoln AFB Atlas F (SMS 551) ICBM base.

Little Rock AFB Titan 2 ICBM base.

Lowry AFB Titan I ICBM base.

Malmstrom AFB Minuteman ICBM base.

McConnell AFB Titan 2 ICBM base.

Minot AFB Minuteman ICBM base.

Mountain Home AFB Titan I ICBM base.

Mozyr Headquarters of an RVSN Division, 1960-1996. Base for units deployed with R-12, 27 RT-2PM, and nine Pioner missile launchers.

Nizhniy Tagil Headquarters of an RVSN Division, 1961-present. Base for units deployed with R-16 ICBM, much later 45 RT-2PM mobile missiles.

Novosibirsk Headquarters of an RVSN Division from 1961. Base for units deployed with R-16 ICBM launchers. Later operated 64 heavy ICBM (R-36M) silos.

Offutt AFB Atlas D (SMS 566) ICBM base.

Omsk Base for units deployed with launchers for the R-9 ICBM.

Pervomaisk Headquarters of an RVSN Division, 1961-1993. Base for units deployed with 90 light ICBM (UR-100/UR-100N) silos and later 46 mobile RT-23 launchers.

Plattsburgh AFB Atlas F (SMS 556) ICBM base.

Schilling AFB Atlas F (SMS 550) ICBM base.

Shadrinsk Headquarters of an RVSN Division, 1961-1962. Base for units deployed with R-16 launchers.

Tatishchevo Headquarters of an RVSN Division, 1964-present. Base for units deployed with 110 light ICBM silos (UR-100/UR-100N) and later ten RT-23 mobile ICBM launchers. A single live launch was known to have been made from here in 1987, reaching 1000 km altitude.

Teikovo Headquarters of an RVSN Division, 1961-present, operating a peak of 90 light ICBM (UR-100/UR-100N) silos. By 1993 the number of operational silos had declined to 26.

Tyumen Headquarters of an RVSN Division, 1961-1964. Base for units deployed with nine R-9 launchers. Moved to Aleisk.

Uzhur Headquarters of an RVSN Division, 1965-present. The division operated 64 heavy ICBM silos (R-36). By the 1990's these were supplemented with 12 RT-23 launchers.

Walker AFB Operational US Atlas F (SMS 579) ICBM base, location of several fuelling accidents in 1963-1964.

Warren AFB Atlas D (SMS 564), SMS 564) and E (SMS 549) ICBM base. Later a Minuteman ICBM base.

Whiteman AFB Minuteman ICBM base.

Yasnaya/Oloynyaya Headquarters of an RVSN Division, 1961-1992, equipped with 90 light ICBM silos (UR-100). Also a base for units deployed with 12 R-14 missiles.

Yoshkar-Ola Headquarters of an RVSN Division, 1961-present. Originally operated R-16 ICBM launchers. Later the only base for 60 silos equipped with the RT-2 solid propellant ICBM. These were progressively replaced by RT-2PM missiles.

Yurya Headquarters of an RVSN Division, 1961-present. Base for units deployed with R-16 ICBM, much later 45 RT-2PM mobile missiles.

Zhangiz-Tobe Headquarters of an RVSN Division, 1965-1995. Operated 52 heavy ICBM (R-36/R-36M2) silos.

Launch Sites: Warren AFB, Ellsworth AFB, Khmelnitskiy, Mozyr, Beale AFB, Lowry AFB, Offutt AFB, Larson AFB, Mountain Home AFB, Fairchild AFB, Forbes AFB, Bologoye/Vypolzovo, Bershet, Gladkaya/Krasnoyarsk, Itatka, Kostroma, Kozelsk, Lida, Novosibirsk, Nizhniy Tagil, Pervomaisk, Shadrinsk, Tyumen, Teikovo, Yasnaya/Oloynyaya, Yoshkar-Ola, Yurya, McConnell AFB, Little Rock AFB, Altus AFB, Schilling AFB, Lincoln AFB, Dyess AFB, Walker AFB, Plattsburgh AFB, Davis-Monthan AFB, Aleisk, Drovyanaya, Derzhavinsk, Kartaly, Uzhur, Zhangiz-Tobe, Irkutsk, Tatishchevo, Dombarovskiy, Grand Forks AFB, Kansk, Malmstrom AFB, Minot AFB, Omsk, Whiteman AFB.

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