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Russia conducts successful test of anti-ballistic missile system

The Russian military has been working to develop its own anti-missile defense capability and recently conducted a successful test of the system.

Known to the Russians as  the A-135 anti-ballistic missile system and NATO as the ABM-3, the Ministry of Defense said the test took place on November 24th, via the MoD’s official website.

The system is designed to be used primarily in defense of Moscow.

Deputy Commander of the Aerospace Forces formation Colonel Andrey Prihodko stated in the official report: “The anti-ballistic missile followed the flight plan and successfully hit a mock target.”

Reports claim the system can target incoming missiles at distances of up to 350 km (roughly 217 miles) at altitudes of 40,000-50,000 meters (about 24-31 miles).

This is a major improvement, as the “older version 53T6/PRS-1 was able to destroy targets only within 80–100 kilometers and at an altitude of 30,000 meters.”

The A-135 is believed to make Moscow more resistant even to nuclear missiles.

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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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