SS-23 'Spider' - 9K714 OKA Russian Missile Launcher

  • ID: #23
  • Scale: 1/35
  • Era: Cold War
  • Series: Red Line
  • Order Status: Available
  • Manufacturer: Minimanfactory
  • Serial number: MMF 35014

Price: 249 EUR

pc


Product description

Product Features:
- Crisply casted resin parts...unbelievably easy to assemble
- Workable
rocket system
- Accurately detailed Interior with an open door option
- Accurately detailed rocket bay
- Steerable front suspension
- Clear parts for lamps

Box contents:
- 210 cream resin parts
- 4 clear resin parts
- Three photoetched sheet (over 400 photoetched parts)
- Laser cutted rocket stabilizers
- Assembly instructions

History:

The OTR-23 Oka ( Russian: OTP-23 «Ока»; named after Oka River ) was a mobile theatre ballistic missile deployed by the Soviet
Union near the end of the Cold War to replace the obsolete SS-1C 'Scud B'. It carried the GRAU index 9K714 and was assigned the
NATO reporting name SS-23 Spider. The introduction of the Oka significantly strengthened Soviet theatre nuclear capabilities as its
range and accuracy allowed it not only to strike hardened NATO targets such as airfields, nuclear delivery systems, and command
centers, but moving targets as well. It also had a fast reaction time, being able to fire in approximately five minutes, and was nearly
impossible to intercept, thereby allowing it to penetrate defenses.
The operational life of the Oka was limited and controversial. The Soviet military asserted that the Oka only had a maximum range of 250
miles (400 km).American experts on the contrary estimated it had a greater range.
In 1987, Mikhail Gorbachev proposed to George Schultz that he would unilaterally remove all Okas, if it would prevent the United States
from building up its own short-range nuclear forces in Europe, despite the fact that the Soviet military was in favor of the Oka. Schultz
however lacked the authority to act on the suggestion. Gorbachev included the Oka in the class of systems to be discontinued as part of
the INF Treaty as a gesture of goodwill, even though Soviet assertions of its maximum range did not put it outside of the specifications of
the treaty.
There was diplomatic controversy over this weapons system in April 1990 when the Soviets informed the US of their covert transfer of at
least 120 missiles to the Warsaw Pact states of Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, and East Germany during the time of negotiation of the
Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Evidence indicates that the missiles were transferred with conventional warheads only,
although equipment to load Soviet nuclear warheads was apparently retained.

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