344th Guards Red Banner Missile Regiment im. 50th Anniversary SSSR
344-й гвардейский ракетный Краснознаменный полк им. 50-летия СССР
Military Unit: 44008, from 1987: 52933
Activated 1.7.60 in Priekule, Latvia, under the 29th Guards Missile Division, from the 122nd Guards Artillery Regiment.
The regiment consisted of one battalion with 4 R-14 (SS-5) pads, and two battalions with each 3 R-14 silos.
The first battalion went on alert duty 10.1.62 (four R-14 pads), the second battalion 10.3.64 (three R-14 silos) and the third battalion 1.12.64 (three R-14 silos).
Honoured with the name "imeni 50-Letiya SSSR" in 1972.
The three battalions stood down 1.3.83.
Was to have converted to the RSD-10 Pioner (SS-20) missile attached to the 32nd Missile Division in 1980, but this never went beyond the planning stage.
1.7.87 transferred to Irkutsk, Irkutsk Oblast, converted to RT-2PM (SS-25) missile, and went on alert duty 9.8.88 with 9 missiles, still attached to the 29th Guards Missile Division.
US designation 1960-1983: Nigrande IRBM complex (Nigrande, Skrunda and Vainode launch sites). Type III (pad) and IV (silo) sites.
Nigrande launch site (56 31 03N, 22 02 11E):
Skrunda launch site (56 35 20N, 21 49 17E):
Vainode launch site (56 28 24N, 21 50 04E):
Irkutsk launch site (52 40 10N, 104 31 11E):