STRELA Launch Vehicle

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The Strela light class launch vehicle is based on the RS-18 intercontinental ballistic missile (NATO designation: SS-19, Stiletto). The Strela LV offers high power performance, accuracy of orbital injection and in-flight reliability. It can lift off from silo launchers currently operational at the Baikonur and Svobodny Cosmodromes.


The principal design concept of the Strela LV has inherited all positive operating characteristics of the original RS-18 ICBM. The Mechanisms and Instruments Section of the RS-18 ICBM fitted up with the launch vehicle flight-control system is used as an upper section of the Strela ascent unit, thus making any modification of the ground control and targeting system unnecessary.


The ascent unit that contains the measuring equipment compartment with a payload adapter and mating stage can be protected by two different fairings: a standard RS-18 fairing (Ascent Unit 1 option) or a larger one optimized during RS-18 trial launches (Ascent Unit 2 option). All the stages of the Strela launch vehicle operate on high-boiling components of hypergolic propellant – unsymmetrical dimethyl hydrazine as fuel and nitrogen tetroxide as oxidizer. The Strela LV is stored in transport-launch canister and lifts off from silo launcher.

LV type liquid-propellant, three-stage


Control system autonomous, inertial


Launch weight, t



Height, m



Diameter, m



Payload weight taken to a circular orbit at an altitude of, kg:

500 km 1,400

800 km 1,220

1500 km 750


Injection accuracy for 500 km altitude:

altitude, km ±3

inclination, ang. min. ±3


Flight reliability


Defense Products & Services: STRELA Launch Vehicle
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Defense Products & Services Sectors: Space launchers and boosters
Description: STRELA Launch Vehicle
Source of Information: Rosoboronexport Joint Stock Company