Talk:Throw-weight

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Merger proposal[edit]

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Merge. Shhhnotsoloud (talk) 09:41, 21 May 2017 (UTC)

I propose that Throw-weight be merged into Ballistic Missile. I think that the content in the Throw-weight article can easily be explained in the context of Ballistic Missile, and the Ballistic Missile article is of a reasonable size in which the merging of Throw-weight will not cause any problems as far as article size or undue weight is concerned. It should be merged for these reasons:

  • It is a stub, with presumably no or little additional information.
  • It seems singly related to ballistic missile.
  • It would complement the Ballistic Missile Article.

Stingray225 (talk) 23:26, 6 February 2012 (UTC)

I support this proposal, especially in consideration of the content posted by the user unsigned in response to user Alarob's questions. The term throw-weight is a term that is of specific relevance to ballistic missiles, and at this point, the original article is a stub, and there is no possibility of extending the same at this point. It would complement the Ballistic Missile Article, and give better clarity to readers who want to compare ballistic missile payloads. - Tejas Ramakrishnan (talk) 08:29, 3 January 2016 (UTC)

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The above discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.

Questions to answer[edit]

We need some historical background from sources other than U.S. or Soviet military or diplomatic institutions.

Questions: When and how did the concept of throw-weight originate? Which side introduced it? Has any other nuclear power made use of the concept for its own arsenal? How does it relate to the history of missile technology (boosters, multiple warheads, mobile launchers)? What roles did it play in U.S.-Soviet diplomacy? Has throw-weight become obsolete? — ℜob C. alias ᴀʟᴀʀoʙ 17:17, 1 December 2008 (UTC)


Comment: Throw-weight is a technical term for arms-control discussions, namely SALT/START I&II. It was because they needed a common measure of reference between American and Soviet systems, so rather than look at the total weight of the system (which takes into account the fuel, the rocket itself, gyro, etc), they just focused on the payload. I don't think that there are any other contexts in which "throw weight" is used outside of the US-Russian arms control track. I could be wrong but I'm pretty sure I'm not, because there are no other major arms control movements relating to ICBMs. If anything, I would roll it under SALT/START pages because of its specific relationship to them. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 73.191.6.16 (talk) 17:07, 29 October 2014 (UTC)