Russia Flight Tests New Missile Defense Interceptor


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On June 3, Russia fired a new interceptor missile at the Sary-Shagan test range as part of a series of trials, the last of which occurred in December 2018. In a press statement, the Russian Ministry of Defense stated that the launch was successful but declined to name the weapons system being tested. Prior official statements suggest that the weapon is a modernized variant of the 53T6 interceptor, a component of Russia’s A135 missile defense system.

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Masao Dahlgren, "Russia Flight Tests New Missile Defense Interceptor," Missile Threat, Center for Strategic and International Studies, June 4, 2019, last modified June 4, 2019, https://missilethreat.csis.org/russia-flight-tests-new-missile-defense-interceptor/.