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Questions to answer
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 220.127.116.11 (talk) 17:07, 29 October 2014 (UTC)