15U168 Topol. GRAU code: 15P158. NATO code: SS-25 «Sickle». SART code: RS-12M

The Topol missile was deployed at previously developed deployment sites. After the INF Treaty was signed in 1987 several RSD-10 Pioneer deployment sites were adapted to launch the Topol missiles. The United States expressed specific concerns during the INF treaty negotiations. When the RT-2PM missile system was deployed in the field, with its missile inside the canister and mounted on the launcher, the US contended that the canister might conceal an RSD-10 Pioneer missile.

The Topol installation took part in the combats with the Torf-2 and 15V148 installations.

Development bureau: Московский институт теплотехники (Moscow, USSR)

Chief engineers: Aleksandr Nadiradze and Boris Lagutin

Assembly: Votkinsk plant (USSR)

In service: 1988—

Weight: 105 t


Power: 710 HP

Max speed: 45 km/h

Range: 400 km


Fire range (15Zh58 rocket): 11,000 km

Weight (rocket): 45 t


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