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The RT-21 Temp 2S was a mobile intercontinental ballistic missile developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War. It was assigned the NATO reporting name SS-16 Sinner and carried the industry designation 15Zh42.

RT-21 Temp 2S
SS-16 Sinner
Temp 2S SS16 Sinner sketch.svg
TypeIntercontinental ballistic missile
Service history
In service1976-1986
Used byUSSR
Production history
DesignerAlexander Nadiradze (Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology)
ManufacturerVotkinsk Machine Building Plant
Specifications
Weight43,000 kg
Length18.5 m
Diameter1.79 m
WarheadSingle 0.65-1.5 Mt warhead

EngineThree stage, solid-propellant
Operational
range
10,500 km
Guidance
system
Inertial
Accuracy450-1640 m CEP
Launch
platform
Mobile launcher vehicle

The RT-21 was the first mobile ICBM developed by the Soviet Union. Its innovative concept and design were created by Alexander Nadiradze. The RT-21M Pioneer (SS-20 Saber) and succeeding missile complexes relied on the SS-16 base concept and were used by Nadiradze for many of his later projects. The program became mired in a series of treaty complications, including questions regarding its use of theatre missile launchers. It is unlikely that the RT-21 ultimately reached deployment, and by the mid-1980s, the program had been scrapped. Its maximum period of storage on a launcher was 5 years, and preparation time for launch was 40 minutes.[1]

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-03-31. Retrieved 2015-09-14.

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