Strategic Rocket Forces

Russian military unit
(Redirected from Strategic Missile Troops)

The Strategic Rocket Forces of the Russian Federation or the Strategic Missile Forces of the Russian Federation (RVSN RF; Russian: Ракетные войска стратегического назначения Российской Федерации (РВСН РФ), romanized: Raketnye voyska strategicheskogo naznacheniya Rossiyskoy Federatsii, lit. 'Strategic Purpose Rocketry Troops') is a military branch of the Russian Armed Forces. It controls Russia's land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).

Strategic Rocket Forces
Ракетные войска стратегического назначения
Raketnye voyska strategicheskogo naznacheniya
Emblem of the Strategic Rocket Forces
Founded17 December 1959; 64 years ago (1959-12-17)
Branch Russian Armed Forces
TypeStrategic missile force
RoleStrategic missile deterrence
Size50,000 personnel (2020)[1]
HeadquartersVlasikha, 2.5 km northwest of Odintsovo, Moscow Oblast
PatronSaint Barbara the Great Martyr[2]
Motto(s)"После нас - тишина" ("After us - silence")
MarchArtillery March (Марш Артиллеристов) by Tikhon Khrennikov
Anniversaries17 December
EquipmentBallistic missiles, cruise missiles
EngagementsCuban Missile Crisis
WebsiteOfficial website
Colonel General Sergei Karakayev [ru]
Marshal Igor Sergeyev
Middle Emblem

The Strategic Rocket Forces was created on 17 December 1959 as part of the Soviet Armed Forces. It was made to be the main force for attacking an enemy's nuclear weapons, military buildings, and infrastructure.[3] It operated all Soviet nuclear land-based intercontinental, intermediate-range ballistic missile, and medium-range ballistic missile with ranges over 1,000 kilometers.


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  2. Main Cathedral of Russian Armed Forces. Archived February 2, 2019, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  3. This foundation date is shared with the Russian Space Forces (VKS)."Ракетные войска стратегического назначения > Историческая справка". Archived from the original on February 27, 2010. Retrieved July 21, 2021. В соответствии с постановлением Совета Министров СССР № 1384-615 от 17.12.1959 г. созданы РВСН как самостоятельный вид ВС. Согласно Указу Президента РФ № 1239 от 10 декабря 1995 года, этот день отмечается как годовой праздник - День РВСН.

Further reading

  • Дороговоз И. Г. Ракетные войска СССР. — Минск: Харвест, 2007. — 336 с. — ISBN 978-985-13-9751-4
  • John G. Hines et al. Soviet Intentions 1965–1985. Braddock Dunn & McDonald (BDM), 1995.
  • Strategic Missile Forces museum Archived March 10, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  • Main, Dr Steven J. (August 2002). The Strategic Rocket Forces 1991-2002 (PDF). Conflict Studies Research Centre.[permanent dead link]
  • "Владимирская Ракетная Стратегическая" (Vladimirskaya Strategic Missile) by I.V. Vershkov and V.G. Gagarin; Vladimir 2006; 480 pages;
  • "Оренбургская Стратегическая" (Orenburg Strategic) by Y.N. Feoktistov; Perm 2001; 328 pages; (also a 1997 edition).
  • "Читинская Ракетная Армия" (Chitinskaya Missile Army) by ??; Chita, 2002; 268 pages
  • "История 50-й Ракетной Армии I-IV" (History 50th Missile Army, part 1–4) by G.I. Smirnov and A.I. Yasakov; Smolensk 2008; 370+342+387+561 pages
  • "Стратеги" (Strategic) by V.T. Nosov; Moscow, 2008; 276 pages;

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