Russia Conducts Anti-satellite Weapon Test

On April 15, Russia test fired a ground-based, direct-ascent anti-satellite missile. U.S. officials did not say where the weapon was aimed but it does not appear that the test missile struck a satellite. The weapon employed was likely the PL-19 “Nudol,” which Russia has tested since 2014 and last flew in November 2019. The Nudol is capable of targeting satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO).