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Universal
Ukrainian intercontinental ballistic missile. Yuzhnoye solid-propellant ICBM designed for mass production to counter US 'Star Wars' program. Two built before break-up of Soviet Union. Some design features incorporated into all-Russian Topol-M.

AKA: RT-2PM2. Status: Cancelled 1991. Gross mass: 45,000 kg (99,000 lb).

Universal was a Yuzhnoye solid-propellant ICBM designed to be produced cheaply in mass quantities in order to overwhelm planned American Strategic Defense Initiative anti-ballistic missile systems. Work began on a crash basis in the late 1980's and the first missile was delivered to Plesetsk for flight tests on 30 December 1991. The project was cancelled on the break-up of the USSR. The two completed missiles were handed over to MIT for design of an all-Russian counterpart, the Topol-M.



Family: ICBM. Country: Ukraine. Agency: Yuzhnoye. Bibliography: 475, 476.

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