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Operation Anadyr
 
 

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On 21 May 1962, Nikita Khrushchev decided to install in Cuba 36 SS-4 medium range missiles (referred to as “Sandal” by NATO forces) with 24 launch vehicles, and 24 SS-5 intermediate range “Skean” ballistic missiles with 16 launch vehicles. Some 45,000 troops, 250 armoured vehicles were based on the island. Mig-21 fighter-bombers and long-range 42 Il-28 bombers were assembled. 180 anti-aircraft SAM-2 missiles were deployed.

Il-28
A Soviet Il-28 "Beagle" bomber on the San Julian, Pinar del Reo, air base
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