The Pershing-II was deployed by the Americans in West Germany starting in 1983 and was aimed at western Soviet targets. It could carry a single thermonuclear warhead with a maximum explosive force of 50 kilotons. Because of the INF, all Pershing-II's were eliminated. This was a training version of the missile.
The SS-20 was one of the Soviet Union's mobile intermediate-range ballistic missiles and carried up to three thermonuclear warheads with a total maximum explosive force of 250 kilotons. It was deployed at 48 bases in the Soviet Union, and could strike Western Europe and Asia. The INF required that the SS-20, like the Pershing-II, be eliminated. This is also a training version.
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June 29, 2010 10:00 AM PDT
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| Caption by: Daniel Terdiman
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