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Soviet Armegeddon machine

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So the Sovs invented this bit of kit during the Cold War and its still active

The technical name was Perimeter, but some called it Mertvaya Ruka, Dead Hand.

Linky-thingy

twiddles fingers and says in mysterious, slavic voice, "veeeerrrrrryyyyy interesting"
 
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dave8307 said:
So the Sovs invented this bit of kit during the Cold War and its still active

The technical name was Perimeter, but some called it Mertvaya Ruka, Dead Hand.

Linky-thingy

twiddles fingers and says in mysterious, slavic voice, "veeeerrrrrryyyyy interesting"
Thanks. I particularly enjoyed this(highlighted), from page 3;

When: 1960s
What: Midway through the Cold War, American leaders began to worry that a rogue US officer might launch a small, unauthorized strike, prompting massive retaliation. So in 1962, Robert McNamara ordered every nuclear weapon locked with numerical codes.
Effect: None. Irritated by the restriction, Strategic Air Command set all the codes to strings of zeros. The Defense Department didn't learn of the subterfuge until 1977.
 

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