R-46 (missile)

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The R-46 was an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) design by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

The R-46 concept was to launch a very large hydrogen bomb into orbit as a fractional orbital bombardment system (FOBS). The existence of the system was alluded to in a speech by then Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in 1961. The design was not developed, however, and the FOBS concept was abandoned as part of SALT II.

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