In November 1983, the USSR placed in the GDR about a hundred aircraft loaded with nuclear weapons, ready for “immediate use,” writes The Drive, citing declassified materials from the US State Department.
The American publication notes that such preparation of Moscow for war was the result of “a very serious misunderstanding” caused by NATO activities carried out as part of the Able Archer 83 command exercise, “during which the ability of the alliance forces across Europe and beyond its borders to wage nuclear wars was tested. in a very realistic manner. “
According to the Able Archer 83 exercise plan, the nuclear conflict was preceded by the use of chemical weapons by the “virtual enemy”.
According to published materials, on the evening of November 2, 1983, the 16th Air Red Banner Army, stationed in the GDR, transferred its aircraft to a state of increased combat readiness. According to published materials, the crews of aircraft equipped with nuclear weapons were instructed to “destroy enemy targets in the first line.”
In January, Over Defense, using data from the American organization Center for Naval Analyzes (CNA), published a scenario for a preemptive NATO strike in the Kaliningrad region, which involves the elimination of four main targets in the region.