CTR Program Dismantles Nuclear Missile Submarine

The U.S. Cooperative Threat Reduction program last month destroyed a former Soviet submarine capable of holding 20 long-range ballistic missiles and 200 nuclear warheads, Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) announced Friday (see GSN, July 30).

In addition to dismantling the Typhoon submarine, the program eliminated two ICBMs, improved security at one nuclear-weapon storage facility, and transported one shipment of nuclear weapons by train to a secure storage site.

Since its establishment in 1991 to secure and eliminate weapons of mass destruction in the former Soviet Union, the Nunn-Lugar program has deactivated 7,292 strategic nuclear warheads and destroyed 710 ICBMs, 496 ICBM silos, 131 mobile ICBM launchers, 631 submarine-launched ballistic missiles, 456 SLBM launchers, 31 ballistic missile-capable submarines, 155 strategic bombers, 906 nuclear air-to-surface missiles and 194 nuclear test tunnels.

The initiative has also secured 395 nuclear weapon train shipments, increased security measures at 17 nuclear weapon storage facilities and built 15 biological agent monitoring stations.  It has removed all nuclear weapons from Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus, nations that once respectively held the world's third, fourth and eighth largest nuclear arsenals.

By sponsoring the International Science and Technology Centers, the Nunn-Lugar program has helped to provide civilian opportunities for 58,000 former weapons scientists.  The International Proliferation Prevention Program has involved 14,000 former weapons personnel in 750 projects and established 580 technology-sector positions (U.S. Senator Richard Lugar release, Aug. 15).

Aug. 18, 2008
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The U.S. Cooperative Threat Reduction program last month destroyed a former Soviet submarine capable of holding 20 long-range ballistic missiles and 200 nuclear warheads, Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) announced Friday (see GSN, July 30).