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Sever Production Association (PO Sever)

  • Location
    Novosibirsk, Novosibirsk Oblast
  • Type
    Missile-Production
  • Facility Status
    Operational

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Established in 1955, PO Sever produced non-nuclear components for the Soviet nuclear-weapon program. The first shipment of components was delivered in 1958, a year after inauguration of its production facilities. 1

In the wake of Rosatom’s consolidation of its nuclear weapons activities, PO Sever appears to be one of two remaining sites (along with the Urals Electromechanical Plant), where Russia produces non-nuclear components for its nuclear munitions. 2 Since the 1990s, PO Sever has added advanced conventional weapons technologies and other components for the aviation and nuclear industries to its production range. 3

Glossary

Diffusion
Diffusion: A technique for uranium enrichment in which the lighter Uranium 235 isotopes in UF6 gas move through a porous barrier more rapidly than the heavier Uranium 238 isotopes.

Sources

  1. “История” [History], Производственное Объединение Север (ПО Север) [Sever Production Association (PO Sever)], www.posever.ru.
  2. Oleg Bukharin, “Downsizing Russia's Nuclear Warhead Production Infrastructure,” The Nonproliferation Review, Spring 2001, p. 117.
  3. “История” [History], Производственное Объединение Север (ПО Север) [Sever Production Association (PO Sever)], www.posever.ru.

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