Pavel Podvig “asked”:http://www.armscontrolwonk.com/index.php?id=590#c000354 a while back about “some numbers I used”:http://www.armscontrol.org/ACT/2005_05/Ukraine.asp regarding the Ukrainian Kh-55 cruise missiles that ended up in Iran and China.
… the [missile] smugglers forged documents naming Russia as the missilesâ€™ destination. This is potentially significant because Ukraine agreed in 1999 to send a portion of its Kh-55 missiles to Russia, eventually transferring 582. (See ACT, June 2001.)
Ukraine destroyed an additional 483 missilesâ€ apparently the balanceâ€ as of May 2001, the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) reported.
Pavel asked “where did the 582 number (of missiles transferred to Russia) come from?” He “puts”:http://russianforces.org/eng/blog/archive/000407.shtml the number at 581.
Three data points of interest:
* This “ACT story”:http://www.armscontrol.org/act/2001_06/briefsjun01.asp?print#ukraine (written by a predecessor) places the number at 582.
* An 18 May 2001 ITAR-TASS news agency report also uses 582.
* “This statement”:http://www.ukraine-eu.mfa.gov.ua/cgi-bin/valnews_miss.sh?lpos1200211070.shtml from Ukraine’s FM uses 581. But it also states that Ukraine dismantled 487 under the US CTR program – “according to DTRA,”:http://www.dtra.mil/press_resources/fact_sheets/display.cfm?fs=sbe the actual number is 483.
It’s interesting that 581/487 pair make the numbers add up – the total would be 1068, just as it was reported (this, hovewer, means that all missiles were accounted for and it is unclear which ones went to China and Iran).