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R-36O 8K69M – Yuzhnoye Design Bureau

  • Family: R-36O
  • Length: 35 m
  • Diameter: 3 m
  • Launch Mass: 180 T

The R-36O 8K69M was manufactured by Yuzhnoye Design Bureau with the first launch on 1970-09-25. R-36O 8K69M has 2 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 2 launches. The R-36O was the only orbiting military nuclear weapon ever deployed, although in order to remain legal under international treaties it was a ‘fractional orbital’ weapon. Although American infrared early warning satellites invalidated the ‘surprise attack’ component of the concept, 18 missiles were operational from 1969 to 1983.


Yuzhnoye Design Bureau
Yuzhnoye Design Office, located in Dnipro, Ukraine, is a designer of satellites and rockets, and formerly of Soviet intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) established by Mikhail Yangel in 1951. The Zenit launch vehicle currently launches from Baikonur Cosmodrome but also used to launch from an ocean platform, Odyssey. Yuzhnoye Design Bureau is a Commercial UKR entity that was founded in 1951 and is administered by Director: Alexander Degtyarev.

Yuzhnoye Design Bureau has 0 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 0 launches.
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