The R-14, became the third Soviet medium-range ballistic missile, which used storable propellant, enabling Soviet missile troops keeping it fueled and ready to fire for extended periods of time.
The R-14 extended range and accuracy of its predecessors -- the R-11 and R-12 -- which both also used storable propellants. The rocket was developed at OKB-586 in Dnepropetrovsk, in present-day Ukraine, under direction of Chief Designer Mikhail Yangel.
The R-14 was under testing in Kapustin Yar from June 1960 to February 1961 and it was officially adopted in armaments on April 24, 1961.
In 1962, the first R-14 missiles, aimed at the Western Europe were deployed in the Soviet republics of Latvia and Ukraine.
On Sept. 5 and 8, 1962, a pair of R-14 missiles with live thermonuclear warheads were fired from the Baikal region to the Novaya Zemlya nuclear test site during the Tyulpan nuclear exercise.
In 1962, as a result of the Soviet decision to deploy missiles on the Island of Cuba, the R-14, along with the R-12 missile, became a source of nuclear standoff between the USSR and the US, known as the Cuban missile crisis. Unlike the R-12, which had been deployed on the island, the R-14 missiles were en-route to Cuba by the time the confrontation was resolved at the very brink of a nuclear war.
The R-14 missile became a base for a two-stage space launcher, known as Kosmos-3.
Technical specifications of the R-14 missile:
R-14 development team:
Page author: Anatoly Zak; Last update: December 9, 2013
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The launch of the R-14 (8K65) ballistic missile. Credit: KB Yuzhnoe
The R-14 missiles (four vehicles in the foreground) during a parade at Moscow's Red Square circa 1965. Credit: KB Yuzhnoe