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Russia tests upgraded Anti-Ballistic Missile defense system

Russia has successfully test fired its modernized anti-missile air defense system for the second time on 30, November.

The interceptor missile is part of the A-135 anti-ballistic missile system deployed to protect the Russian ca…


Russia has successfully test fired its modernized anti-missile air defense system for the second time on 30, November.

The interceptor missile is part of the A-135 anti-ballistic missile system deployed to protect the Russian capital Moscow from incoming enemy ballistic missiles.

The test was carried out from the Sary-Shagan test site in Kazakhstan against a conventional target.

The upgraded missile dubbed 53T6M/PRS-1M features new rocket motor and onboard electronics enabling to reach a speed close to 4 km/s against the previous 3 km/s.

The missile is made from high strength steel and composites to reduce weight. The structure and on board systems can survive close to 300 g maneuvers.

Interception range of the PRS-1M has also increased to 350 km and altitudes of 50 km. The canisterised missile is launched from a ground based silo.

First test of the 53T6M based A-135 ABM system was carried out in November 2017, and now is operational with Russian Aerospace Forces, replacing the previous version which became operational in 1995.

The PRS-1M/53T6M will be the short range component of the under-development 3-layer A-235 system, which will replace the present A-135 system.

The long-range component of A-235 will be capable of destroying targets at up to 1500 km (930 miles), at altitudes up to 800 km, while the medium range component is designed to hit targets at distances up to 1000 km (620 miles), at altitudes up to 120 km.

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