Russia Tests Anti-Ballistic Missile Interceptor

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On April 26, Russia announced it had successfully test fired an anti-ballistic missile interceptor. The test took place at the Sary-Shagan test site in Kazakhstan. While Russia’s Ministry of Defense declined to name the missile, the weapon appeared to be a 53T6M, a replacement for the 53T6 “Gazelle” interceptors used in Moscow’s A-135 missile defense system. Russia first tested the 53T6M in June 2017. It was last tested in November 2020.