Russia Test Fires Modern Interceptor Missile


Moscow: The Russian Defense Ministry has published footage showing the modernized missile defense system named A-135 being tested. During the test conducted at the Sary-Shagan range in Kazakhstan, the interceptor missile successfully hit a simulated target. The A-135 system is part of the Russian Aerospace Forces.

The A-135 anti-ballistic missile system is a Russian military complex deployed around Moscow to counter enemy missiles targeting the city or its surrounding areas. It became operational during 1995. It is a successor to the previous A-35, and complies with the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.

The A-135 includes the Don-2N radio-radar station, located in Sofrino, near Moscow. It detects warheads in flight, at a distance of up to 3,700 km, and the information is transmitted to the 5K80 command point. The information is then processed and transmitted further to missile launching sites with 53T6 interceptors.