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Q: Cuban Missile Crisis ( No Answer,   6 Comments )
Subject: Cuban Missile Crisis
Category: Relationships and Society > Politics
Asked by: dprk007-ga
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Posted: 30 Sep 2006 23:06 PDT
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Question ID: 769842
At the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, How many Soviet Missiles
were armed with nuclear bombs and ready to be launched in Cuba?
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Cuban Missile Crisis
From: borisshah-ga on 01 Oct 2006 04:48 PDT
This is from a previously asked question:

Number of missiles:

As far as I could find, there seems to be no conclusive data regarding
the number of missiles. However, reasonable estimates come up from
this authoritative source, unclassified CIA paper Learning from the
Past - Soviet Deception in the Cuban Missile Crisis, by James H.
Hansen ( ):

"The first SS-4 missiles arrived in Mariel on board the Omsk on 8
September. The Indigirka brought the initial shipment of nuclear
warheads on 4 October.48 According to one source, this ship carried 99
nuclear charges?some two-thirds of all nuclear weapons sent to Cuba
and over 20 times the explosive power dropped by all Allied bombers on
Germany throughout World War II.49"
( )

... and its footnote...

"49. Fursenko and Naftali, p. 217. There is conflicting source
information on the number of warheads specifically for the SS-4
missiles. Gribkov states that 36 such warheads were introduced. This
issue cannot be resolved based on current evidence, but 36 appears to
be a likely figure as that tracks with Soviet doctrinal requirements
for refire missiles."
( )
Subject: Re: Cuban Missile Crisis
From: elids-ga on 01 Oct 2006 07:23 PDT
No missiles were 'armed and ready' the launching pads were never fully
constructed no missile was ever installed, much less 'armed and
Subject: Re: Cuban Missile Crisis
From: kemlo-ga on 01 Oct 2006 10:31 PDT
It is thought that the Soviet army already in Cuba was equipped with
low-yield tactical nuclear missiles.
These would have been used if America had invaded Cuba
Subject: Re: Cuban Missile Crisis
From: dprk007-ga on 07 Oct 2006 19:14 PDT

Yuo say:

"It is thought that the Soviet army already in Cuba was equipped with
low-yield tactical nuclear missiles".

Can you clarify what you mean by "low-yield nuclear missiles" ?

Subject: Re: Cuban Missile Crisis
From: kemlo-ga on 08 Oct 2006 02:22 PDT
The Russians deployed the FROG-1  (Nato code-name real name unknown)

It had a nominal yeild of 10 kilo-tons

Subject: Re: Cuban Missile Crisis
From: kemlo-ga on 08 Oct 2006 09:43 PDT
Sorry I pressed post before i put these lincs in


These events seemed dangerous at the time. But it wasn?t until nearly
thirty years afterward that we learned, from General Gribkov?s
testimony at a January 1992 conference here in this room in Havana,
that the nuclear warheads for both tactical and strategic nuclear
weapons had already reached Cuba before the quarantine line was
established?162 nuclear warheads in all. If the president had gone
ahead with the air strike and invasion of Cuba, the invasion forces
almost surely would have been met by nuclear fire, requiring a nuclear
response from the United States.

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