R-36M2 / RS-20V Voevoda (SS-18 Mod 5-6 SATAN)

The two R-36M2/RS-20V Voevoda (SS-18 Mod 5 and SS-18 Mod 6) variants belong to the R-36M ICBM missile family (NATO codename SS-18 Satan), but had so many modifications and improvements that they can be considered a new class rather than a simple update. These missiles are much more accurate and resistant to the effects of nuclear explosions and with their modernized warheads and a new improved launch system they have remained the most effective missiles in the Russian arsenal until today, when they are beginning to be replaced by the new RS-28 Sarmat ICBM missile.

R-36M2 / RS-20V Voevoda (SS-18 Mod 5-6 SATAN) gallery and more info


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Country of origin

Soviet Union


Yuzhny Machine Building Plant


Intercontinental ballistic missile

Entered service

R-36M2 (SS-18 Mod 5): 1988 – R-36M2 (SS-18 Mod 6): 1991

Missile/bomb dimensions, (length x diameter)

R-36M2 (SS-18 Mod 5): 37.25 x 3.00 meters – R-36M2 (SS-18 Mod 6): 36.30 x 3.00 meters

Missile/bomb weight

R-36M2 (SS-18 Mod 5): 211,400 kg – R-36M2 (SS-18 Mod 6): 211,100 kg

Missile range

R-36M2 (SS-18 Mod 5): 11,000 km – R-36M2 (SS-18 Mod 6): 16,000 km

Guidance system

Autonomous inertial control system

Warhead, (explosive charge)

R-36M2 (SS-18 Mod 5): 10 x 15F173 thermonuclear – R-36M2 (SS-18 Mod 6): 1 x 15F175 thermonuclear

Yield, (maximum)

R-36M2 (SS-18 Mod 5): 5.5-7.5 Mt – R-36M2 (SS-18 Mod 6): 8.3 Mt

C.E.P., (circular error probability)

R-36M2 (SS-18 Mod 5-6): 220 meters


R-36M2 (SS-18 Mod 5-6): 82