PROBABLE REACTIVATION OF THE SS-3/SHYSTER MISSILE SYSTEM (STIR/67-3)

Created: 6/21/1967

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Scientific and Technical Intelligence Report

Probable Reactivation of Thehyster Missile System

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Scientific and Technical Intelligence Report

PROBABLE REACTIVATION OF THEHYSTER MISSILE SYSTEM

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CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

Directorate of Science and Technology Foreign Missile and Space Analysis Center

PROBABLE REACTIVATION OF THEHYSTER MISSILE SYSTEM

PROBLEM

To assess the purpose and the significance of the recent firing actlvilvautlcal-mile impaot

SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS

The7 firings ofiss.les to the nominalnautical-mile Impact area of the Kapustin Yar Range probablyeactivation of thehyster medium-rangesystem.

The pace of the exercise itselfense of urgency Urgency was further Indicated by the fact that the exercise appeared to have precedence over at least two current research andprograms on the Kapustin Yar Range.

3 This apparent reactivation may be related to Soviet intent to deploy the system outside the Soviet Unionocation such as Vietnam or Mongolia. The activity could also be related to theof troops fromites.or perhaps the depletion ofexistingnventory. These two latter possibilities,seem inconsistent with the urgency andpriorityattached to the urogram. If external deployment is Soviet intent, it could be under way by mid-June.

Note: This report has been produced by CIA and prepared by the foreign Missile and Space Analysis Center. Unas been coordinated with the Office of Current Intelligence.

missiles are believed to have been fired by Soviettraining purposes.

DISCUSSION BACKGROUND

Thehysteringle-stage ballistic missileguidanceiquid oxygen/alcohol propellantaccompanying

The system wastully deployed byndthe lasl sustained firing of(opk placeV

phase-oui or ineinventory of the missile was tnougnc to have begun soon after this time, and it wasgradually replaced by the more advancedandal.

CURRENT FIRING PROGRAM

even-week period the Soviets apparently reactivated theiring atnto theautlcal-mileimpactareaofihc Knw"-Var Test Range. '

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The firing rate and the apparent success of'1 program Ind'eates thai exuenencet! and probabW Soviet

crews were involved. "

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INDICATIONS Of URGENCY

A sense of urgency regarding the programmed completion date of the tiring exercise may have been indicated oy a noticeable ac-

oeleratlon ol firings toward (he end of the period. "' "

'. Additionally, theDay Holiday Boomed to have little effect on the program. This Is in contrast to the normal lull in firing activity on the Soviet ranges in conjunction with that Holiday.

No further firings oftaken place

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explanation lor the program is mat IM SfOVeMJ iniena to deploy the system outside their bordersocation such as Vietnam or

Mongolia. Since the initial phase of theiring program appears complete, deployment could be under way at this time, if external deployment isintent. Although not considered likely, it is possible that theas rcmamcda psrt of the Soviet deployed missile lorcc over thvycarsandthatthecurrent activitypecialized type ol training suche-quallftcation program.

This suggestion teems inconsistent with the urgency and priority

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