Cold War Telemetry Processing Units

Upcoming Cold War Exhibit

Cold War Telemetry Processing Unit

Pictured here is the unit Russia and NSA used for their Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM) telemetry processing, and was built to be deployed on one of their ships.

The Foundation has facilitated the receipt and transfer to the National Cryptologic Museum of three large different Soviet missile telemetry processing units provided to the U.S. by Russia as required by the “Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), implemented by the U.S. and Russia starting in 1994 and continuing through 2009. Russia provided this equipment to the U.S., and NSA used the equipment to process telemetry data magnetic tapes provided directly by Russia to the U.S. on certain ICBM and SLBM tests they conducted. 

The three equipment units are unique in that they were built by Russia prior to START and included Russian language documents, extensive Russian spare parts, and training for U.S. personnel. This material will also be provided to the NCM. See below for a link to a special 10-page PDF document about the background and project plan for the START telemetry processor exhibit.

The NCM is exploring how to display the equipment in the Cold War section of the current NCM either as a physical display or photographic story boards. Because of existing space constraints, a physical display may have to wait for the opening of the new NCM.

* Many thanks to NCMF member Dick Bernard for taking the lead in obtaining these unique items for the Museum!

Click on the image below to download the PDF by Dick Bernard.


START Treaty Logo

The START Treaty Logo
Translation = Ministry of Defense - Russian Federation
Offensive Weapons Agreement