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Name: R-36M2 Voevoda
Other names: SS-18 Mod 5 “Satan”
Type: Ballistic
Length: 34m
Diameter: 3m
Payload: Ten 550-750kt warheads
Range: 10,000+ km
Status: Operationally Deployed

Sources:
“Ballistic and Cruise Missile Threat,” National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, 2013, www.afisr.af.mil.

Name: RT-2PM Topol
Other names: RS-12M, SS-25 “Sickle” 
Type: Ballistic
Length: 21m
Diameter: 1.8m
Payload: One 550 kt warhead
Range: 10,500km
Status: Operationally Deployed

Sources:
[1] “Ballistic and Cruise Missile Threat,” National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, 2013, www.afisr.af.mil.
[2] Hans Kristensen and Robert Norris, “Russian Nuclear Forces 2014,” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, vol. 70 no. 2, March/April 2014, 75-85, https://thebulletin.org.
[3] Pavel Podvig, “Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces,” MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 30 January 2004.

Name: RT-2UTTKh Topol-M
Other names: RS-12M1, RS-12M2, SS-27 Mod 1 "Sickle B"
Type: Ballistic
Length: 23m
Diameter: 2m
Payload: One 750-800 kt warhead
Range: 11,000km
Status: Operationally Deployed

Sources:
[1] “Ballistic and Cruise Missile Threat,” National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, 2013, www.afisr.af.mil.
[2] Hans Kristensen and Robert Norris, “Russian Nuclear Forces 2014,” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, vol. 70 no. 2, March/April 2014, 75-85, https://thebulletin.org.
[3] Pavel Podvig, “Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces,” MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 30 January 2004.

Name: RS-24 Yars
Other names: SS-27 Mod 2
Type: Ballistic
Length: 23m
Diameter: 2m
Payload: Four 100 kt warheads
Range: 11,000km
Status: Operationally Deployed

Sources:
[1] “Ballistic and Cruise Missile Threat,” National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, 2013, www.afisr.af.mil.
[2] Hans Kristensen and Robert Norris, “Russian Nuclear Forces 2014,” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, vol. 70 no. 2, March/April 2014, 75-85, https://thebulletin.org.
[3] Pavel Podvig, “Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces,” MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 30 January 2004.

Name: RSM-56 Bulava
Other names: SS-NX-32
Type: Ballistic
Length: 12m
Diameter: 2m
Payload: Six 100 kt warheads
Range: 8,000+km
Status: Operationally Deployed

Sources:
[1] “Ballistic and Cruise Missile Threat,” National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, 2013, www.afisr.af.mil.
[2] Hans Kristensen and Robert Norris, “Russian Nuclear Forces 2014,” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, vol. 70 no. 2, March/April 2014, 75-85, https://thebulletin.org.
[3] Pavel Podvig, “Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces,” MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 30 January 2004.

Name: RS-26 Rubezh
Other names: РС-26 Рубеж
Type: Ballistic
Length: 18.5m
Diameter: 2m
Payload: MIRV (3)
Range: 2050km+
Status: Testing

Sources:
[1] “Ballistic and Cruise Missile Threat,” National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, 2013, www.afisr.af.mil.
[2] Hans Kristensen, "Russian Missile Test Creates Confusion and Opposition in Washington," Federation of American Scientists, 3 July 2013, fas.org.
[3] Jeffrey Lewis, "An Intercontinental Ballistic Missile by Any Other Name," Foreign Policy, 25 April 2014, foriegnpolicy.org.

Name: R-500
Other names: 9M728
Type: Cruise Missile
Length: approximately 7m*
Diameter: approximately .5m
Range: 500km
Status: Operationally Deployed

*total length with booster rocket

Sources:
[1] Jeffrey Lewis, "Russian Cruise Missiles Revisited," Arms Control Wonk, 27 October 2015, www.armscontrolwonk.com
[2] Pavel Podvig, "Cruise Missiles and INF – What about 9M729?" Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces, June 2015, russianforces.org

Name: R-14 Chusovaya
Other names: SS-5 ‘Skean’
Type: Ballistic
Length: 24 m
Diameter: 2.40 m
Payload: One Megaton-class warhead
Range: 4,000 km
Status: Eliminated under INF Treaty

Sources:
“R-14/SS-5 Skean,” Federation of American Scientists, fas.org.

Name: R-12 Dvina
Other names: SS-4 ‘Sandal’
Type: Ballistic
Length: 22 m
Diameter: 1.65 m
Payload: One Megaton-class warhead
Range: 2,000 km
Status: Eliminated under INF Treaty

Sources:
“R-12/SS-4 SANDAL,” Federation of American Scientists, fas.org.

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