What is Dnepropetrovsk famous for?
Renamed Dnepropetrovsk in 1926, it became a vital industrial centre of Soviet Ukraine, one of the key centres of the nuclear, arms, and space industries of the Soviet Union. In particular, it is home to the Yuzhmash, a major space and ballistic-missile design bureau and manufacturer.
Why is Dnipro so important to Ukraine?
Dnipro is a powerhouse of Ukraine’s business and politics and is the native city of many of the country’s most important figures. Much of Ukrainian politics continues to be defined by the legacies of Leonid Kuchma, Pavlo Lazarenko and Yulia Tymoshenko, whose intermingled political careers started in Dnipropetrovsk.
When was the first fortified town in Dnipro?
Archeological findings suggest that the first fortified town in the territory of present-day Dnipro probably dates to the mid- 16th century. Other findings suggest that the town Samar, now a neighborhood in Dnipro’s Samarskyi District, existed in the 1520s.
What is Yuzhmash famous for?
Military and space industry. Yuzhmash is known for its military and space industry products that earned for the city of Dnipro nickname of the “rocket city”.
Where is Dnipro located?
It is located in the eastern part of Ukraine, 391 kilometres (243 mi) southeast of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on the Dnieper River, after which it is named. Dnipro is the administrative centre of the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast. It hosts the administration of Dnipro urban hromada, one of the hromadas of Ukraine.
How many ICBMs does the Yuzhmash plant produce?
During the Soviet era, the plant was capable of producing of up to 120 ICBMs a year. In the late 1980s, Yuzhmash was selected to be the main production facility of the RT-2PM2 Topol-M ICBM (SS-27 “Sickle B”).