294. Telegram 74587 from McCone, September 81
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1. Readout of latest (5 September) take shows three more SAMs, these in Las Villas province in Central Cuba. Total SAMs now twelve, probably thirteen. To blanket island, we look for eventual total of about 25. Also spotted one MIG–21 at Santa Clara airfield. Nineteen crates seen probably house MIG–21 which would total 20. (Total number MIG–15, 17 and 19 is carried at about 60.) MIG–21 is 1,000 mph jet, high altitude capability 60,000 feet, equipped with two air-air infrared missiles as well as standard rockets and cannons.
I have talked with Rusk who was most appreciative for your suggestion re joint action planning with selected Latino States.
- Twelve SAMs confirmed and MIG–21 cited. Top Secret. 1 p. CIA, DCI (McCone) Files: Job 80–B01285A, Box 4, DCI–DDCI Cables—Cuba, 4 Sept–21 Sept 1962.↩