53rd Rocket Army

The 53rd Rocket Army (Military Unit Number 74102) was an army of the Soviet, later Russian Strategic Rocket Forces. It was created on June 8, 1970 from the 8th Independent Missile Corps (established 1962), under Colonel-General Yury Zabegaylov. Its headquarters was located at Chita, Transbaikal Military District.

It initially included the 45th Rocket Division which disbanded in 1970.

Colonel-General Nikolay Solovtsov, later Commander of the Strategic Rocket Forces, commanded the army between 24 November 1992 and June 1994.

Composition 1988Edit

In 1988 its units comprised:[1]

The army was disbanded on September 16, 2002.

CommandersEdit

  • General-Lieutenant Yuri Zabegaylov [ru] (1970-1974)[3]
  • General-Lieutenant Nikolai Kotlovtsev [ru] (1974-1981)
  • General-Lieutenant V. F. Yegorov (1981-1987)
  • General-Lieutenant Vladimir Muravyov (1987-1992)
  • General-Lieutenant Nikolay Solovtsov (1992-1994)
  • General-Major Yuri Kirillov [ru] (1994-1996)
  • General-Lieutenant S. V. Khutortsev (1996-1997)
  • General-Lieutenant V. V. Dremov (1997-2000)
  • General-Major L. E. Sinyakovich (2000-2001)
  • General-Major V. G. Gagarin (2001-2002)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Michael Holm, 53rd Missile Army
  2. ^ http://www.ww2.dk/new/rvsn/47md.htm 47th Missile Division
  3. ^ "Пятдесят третья ракетная армия" (in Russian). Encyclopedia Zabaykalskya. Retrieved 29 January 2020.