On September 26, 1983, the computer system at the Soviet Union’s nuclear warning center suddenly received an alert that the US had fired some missiles towards their country. At that time, Stanislav Petrov, a military officer was on duty. As he saw this message, the ground slipped under his feet. He was ordered that if any such alert comes, it should be reported to the command chief first. But a decision taken by Petrov saved the whole world from the ravages of nuclear war. Taking this information as false, he called the duty officer at the military headquarters and complained of a technical flaw in the system. Actually, it was like that. The US did not launch any missiles that day. Now, 27 years after this incident, a document has revealed that the same year, Russia had prepared its 108 fighter jets with nuclear bombs and ready to attack America.
Russia placed nuclear bombs in 108 fighter jets
Newly released documents from the US State Department show that in 1983, the US-led military alliance NATO was practicing actual war against the Soviet Union. Many powerful countries of that time, including America, Britain, France, Germany, were involved in this exercise named ‘Able Archer’. Therefore, the Soviet Union also had to be prepared for a counter-attack. To prevent the attack of enemies from so many different fronts, present-day Russia at that time equipped its 108 fighters with nuclear bombs and prepared to retaliate. These ships stationed in Eastern Europe were ready to attack Russia’s enemy countries with blazing nuclear bombs.
The secret document became public after a long battle
The US National Security Archive said that it had to fight for many years to get these documents. It also includes an important 1989 report by Lieutenant General Leonard H. Perototts, who was the head of intelligence of the US Air Forces in Europe during the ‘Able Archer’ maneuver. The document was so secret that the Defense Intelligence Agency of America had long claimed that the memorandum of Lieutenant General Perototes had been lost. However, State Department historians traced the memo to the US intelligence agency’s CIA record room. After exhausting, this file had to be handed over to the National Security Archive.
America was also ready against Russia’s attack
Memo of Lieutenant General Perototts shows that the US-led NATO had also weighed against these preparations of Russia. Both sides were ready to launch a nuclear attack against each other. American leadership and Soviet Union ships were ready to attack each other for 24 hours. America had left no stone unturned to tease Russia at that time. American bombers were practicing strikes in those days. Their submarines used to patrol around the waters of the Soviet Union carrying nuclear weapons. This further increased tensions between the two countries.
America was about to launch a nuclear missile on Moscow
The US deployed Pershing-2 ballistic missiles to simultaneously attack all naval bases in Russia, including Europe. This missile was able to penetrate its target located at a distance of up to 1770 km. A missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead of 80 kilotons had a speed of over 8 Mach. For this reason, Russia did not have a defense system that could stop it. The great thing was that Russia was scared about this missile attack on its capital Moscow.