Taliban find Soviet ballistic missiles

Militants of the radical Taliban (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) discovered Soviet ballistic missiles in the Panjshir Gorge. The Taliban got R-17 ballistic missiles from the 9K72 Elbrus operational-tactical missile systems (OTRK), according to the Telegram channel Dambiev.

In the video, you can see several disassembled R-17 missiles in the open air. Separately from the rocket engines, the Taliban found parts of the warheads. Presumably, these are parts of 8F44 fragmentation warheads, which were exported with R-17E missiles.

Since 1989, the 9K72 missile system has been in service with the missile battalion of the Ministry of State Security of the Republic of Afghanistan. Probably the found missiles were part of it. The production of the R-17 missiles ended in 1987. Considering that the technical suitability of the Elbrus OTRK missiles is 22 years, the use of the ammunition found is unlikely.

Earlier, the grandson of the Soviet scientist Sergei Korolev spoke about his meeting with the entrepreneur Elon Musk. According to Andrey Korolev, in the early 2000s, the founder of SpaceX tried to buy a decommissioned ballistic missile in Russia.

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