Soviet Nuclear Attack Satellite

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Soviet Nuclear Attack Satellite
The Soviet Nuclear Attack Satellite in The Return of Godzilla
Targets Godzilla
First appearance The Return of Godzilla

The Soviet Nuclear Attack Satellite (ソ連地上攻撃用核衛星,   Soren Chijō Kōgekiyō Kakueisei) is a Russian geostationary weapon which first appeared in the 1984 Godzilla film, The Return of Godzilla. It is controlled from the ground by signals sent from the Balashevo, a small warship disguised as a freighter.


Heisei era

The Return of Godzilla

When Godzilla surfaced in Tokyo Bay, he created a wave which caused the Balashevo to capsize and run aground, damaging systems and initiating the launch sequence. Although Colonel Kashirin tried to stop the missile from being launched at Tokyo, he was killed by a small explosion before he could do so. In response, the Americans launched an anti-ballistic missile which successfully intercepted it just before the nuclear missile entered the skies over Japan. Although the threat was neutralized, the detonation released radiation into the atmosphere, causing a storm which revived the fallen Godzilla.

Video games



The Soviet Nuclear Attack Satallite is armed with one 650-kiloton nuclear missile.



  • Godzilla 1985, the American release of The Return of Godzilla, added a shot of Colonel Kashirin's finger pushing a button to launch the Soviet Nuclear Attack Satellite's missile, altering his dialogue accordingly, in which he announces that he has to launch the weapon. This was done at the behest of conservative New World Pictures owners Larry Kupin and Harry E. Sloan.[1]
  • The idea for the Soviet Nuclear Attack Satellite appears to have been lifted from the unmade 1983 Godzilla: King of the Monsters 3-D script, in which a meteorite causes the accidental launch of a nuclear missile from an American satellite. Both weapons were almost certainly influenced by the Strategic Defense Initiative, a missile defense proposal by President Ronald Reagan which would have included satellite-mounted rockets and lasers.


This is a list of references for Soviet Nuclear Attack Satellite. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. Steve Ryfle (1998). Japan's Favorite Mon-Star: The Unauthorized Biography of "The Big G". ECW Press. p. 241.


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