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SS-N-16 Stallion refers to a Soviet
The Soviet Union , officially the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics , was a constitutionally socialist state that existed in Eurasia between 1922 and 1991....
650 mm anti-ship missile
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that was deployed between 1979 and 1981. The name is a combination of the American designation of SS-N-16 and the NATO
term of Stallion for Soviet RU-100s.
It refers to either
- RPK-6 Vodopad - Surface ship version
- RPK-7 Veter - Submarine version
The 53.3 cm version carried either the 82R torpedo or the 90R nuclear depth charge
A Nuclear Depth Bomb is the nuclear equivalent of the conventional depth charge and can be used in Anti-Submarine Warfare for attacking submerged submarines...
. The 65 cm version carried the 83R torpedo or 86R nuclear depth charge.
Serving dual roles, the missile could be outfitted with either an RU-100 Veter, a 20 kiloton nuclear warhead for use against surface ships, or alternatively an RU-100 Vodopad, a Type-40 torpedo
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for use against submarine
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Its increased range of up to 120 kilometres offered an impressive boost over its predecessor the SS-N-15 Starfish
The RPK-2 Viyuga cruise missile is a complex Russian submarine launched missile. Its NATO reporting name is Starfish ....
, which could only reach half the distance; although it meant refitting all the old 533 mm torpedo tubes to carry this new 650 mm torpedo.
- Length: 6.5 m (21 ft 4 in)
- Diameter: 64.8 cm (25.5 in)
- Weight: 2150 kg (4,740 lbs)
- Speed: Mach 1.5
- Range: 120 km (74.6 mi)
- 200-kT nuclear depth bomb or 533 mm (21 inch) torpedo
- Soviet Navy
The Soviet Navy was the naval arm of the Soviet Armed Forces. Often referred to as the Red Fleet, the Soviet Navy would have played an instrumental role in a Warsaw Pact war with NATO, where it would have attempted to prevent naval convoys from bringing reinforcements across the Atlantic Ocean...