Russia tests the Nudol anti-satellite ballistic missile

Russia tests the Nudol anti-satellite ballistic missile
Russian Military Tests Anti-missile
Militarymedia.net - Officials in Washington have been alarmed by Russian missile tests. Lt. Gen. Nina Armagno, Chief of Space Operations of the US Space Force said, "The United States must take some steps on Russia's recent ballistic missile tests." Russia on December 15 carried out a missile test that posed a direct threat to satellites in low earth orbit.

Nina Armagno at the Washington Space Business Roundtable virtual event said Russia's recent missile tests demonstrated how vulnerable satellites are, and validated the decision to set up a space defense system.

So the question is, what missile test has caused the US commotion? Didn't you say at the start that what was tested was a ballistic missile? Still from the same source, it was said that Russia on December 15, 2020 tested the Nudol ballistic missile,

Even though its nature is a ballistic missile, Nudol has the ability to intercept or destroy satellites at an altitude that worries Washington. Nudol or its complete label A-235 PL-19 Nudol can target targets at an altitude of 800 km above the earth's surface. The speed of this missile is also frightening, some literacy says that Nudol can go 3 km per second.

"Russia's continuous testing of these systems indicates a threat to the US and NATO space systems," said General James Dickinson, US Space Command, in a statement a day after the Nudol test. He added, "We are ready and committed to preventing aggression and defending our country and allies from hostile actions in outer space."

Although the Nudol test on December 15 did not target a satellite, the question is, what is the figure and capabilities of this ballistic missile?

Compared to the top missile lines that Russia operates at the moment, Nudol is only known to a limited extent, because Russian defense authorities have not released complete information about Nudol.

But from the main design, Nudol was initiated to ward off a nuclear attack in Moscow and other important industrial areas in Russia. The developer of Nudol is JSC Concern VKO Almaz-Antey.

The Nudol has a missile variant capable of operating over three ranges. For long distances, take the missile platform 51T6, capable of destroying targets at a distance of up to 1500 km at an altitude of up to 800 km. For medium range, the pinned platform 58R6 missile, designed to hit targets at a distance of up to 1000 km at an altitude of up to 120 km.

Then for short distances, it takes the platorm missile 53T6, capable of destroying targets at a distance of 350 km at an altitude of up to 50 km. Long-range missiles will most likely be equipped with nuclear warheads, while others will have kinetic energy warheads.

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