|Russian/NATO Designation||R-17 VTO/SS-1e Scud D|
|Missile Variants||Scud-A, Scud-B, Scud-C|
|Mobility and Role||Short-Range Ballistic Missile|
|Warhead Type||Conventional, Nuclear, Chemical|
|Yield||985 kg (Conventional); 5-80 kt (nuclear)|
|Guidance System/Accuracy||Inertial and Digital Scene Matching/50 CEP|
|Status/Number of Units||Operational/Unknown|
|Launch Vehicles||Transport-Erector-Launcher (TEL)|
The SS-1e Scud-D was developed by Makeyev OKB as an improved version on the previous generation of Scuds. Unlike the Scud-C, it can carry a nuclear payload as well as a conventional or chemical payload. Its improved guidance system with digital scene matching allowed for it to have a greatly improved Circular Error Probably of 50 meters. The Scud-D is a single stage liquid fueled short-range ballistic missile which can be fired from a Transport-Erector-Launcher giving it great mobility.
The Scud-D greatly improved on the poor accuracy of the Scud-C while maintaining much of its other attributes. However, by the early 1980’s when the Scud-D was ready to be deployed, the Soviet-made OTR-21 Tochka had been chosen to replace all Soviet Scud missiles. This decision is partially responsible for the Scud-D not proliferating across the world to the same extent as the previous generations; particularly the Scud-B. Despite this, other states such as North Korea and Iran could not overlook adopting their own versions of the Scud-D because of the missile’s improvements over other Scud variants.