NATO Designation SS-N-18 "Stingray"
|Entered service in||1976|
|Range||6 500 - 8 000 km|
|Type of warhead||nuclear|
|Guidance||inertial with astrocorrection|
|Carried by||"Kalmar" ("Delta III") class submarines|
Between the 1976 and 1981 with
the Naval fleet of the Soviet Union entered service fourteen 667 BRD
"Kalmar" ("Delta III") class nuclear submarines,
carrying RSM-50 "Volna" (Wave) submarine launched
intercontinental ballistic missiles known as SS-N-18 "Stingray"
with NATO countries. Each submarine carried 16 missiles with a range of
fire in 6 500 kilometers. Missiles featured combat part with 3 nuclear
The RSM-50 is a Soviet third generation intercontinental ballistic missile. It was the first in the world submarine launched ballistic missile to carry a MIRV warhead with an intercontinental range of fire.
There were developed two more variants of the RSM-50 "Volna" missile with a single RV and with 7 MIRV warheads. Both of them featured extended range of fire. In 1991 Soviet Union operated 60 RSM-50 missiles carried by 5 "Kalmar" class submarines in the North fleet and 144 missiles carried by 9 "Kalmar's" in the Pacific fleet.