History Of The Cold War He's pointing missiles at my holiday home! The Cuban Missile Crisis "If you start throwing hedgehogs under me, I shall throw a couple of porcupines under you!" —Nikita Khrushchev It was now clear to the Soviet leadership that the USSR was considerably behind the US, its Mnogo Nukes being far less capable than the Americans' Superior Firepower . To give an example, the Americans had just put Polaris sub-launched missiles into service. These (the A1 version) had a range of 1,367 miles (2,200 km), could be launched submerged and 16 could be carried by the George Washington class of converted Skipjack nuclear submarines. The best Soviet SSBN at the time was the Project 658 "Hotel" class, which had R-13/SS-N-4 "Sark" missiles with a range of only 404 miles (650 km), and had to launch them surfaced. This process took twelve minutes. Surfacing when you're a boomer is a pretty bad idea. Meanwhile the ICBM forces were a) very few, b) very
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