Russia Tests Upgraded BMD, Antiship Missile Systems

On December 1, the Russian Defense Ministry press service reported the successful test of a new anti-ballistic missile, conducted by a combat unit of Russia’s Air Defense and Missile Defense Forces at the Sary-Shagan Range in Kazakhstan. Quoted by the press service, Missile Defense Task Force Commander Sergei Grabchuk stated that “the new antimissile missile proved out its specifications after a series of testing and successfully implemented the task by hitting the ‘target’ with the given accuracy.”

On December 3, Russia’s Black Sea Fleet press service also announced it carried out live-fire exercises with its Bal and Bastion antiship missile systems “at Crimean firing ranges to drill practical skills of delivering simulated missile strikes.”