Russia Test-Fires its New Air Defense Missile from Sary Shagan Testing Range in Kazakhstan

Russia has test fired a new air defense missile from the Sary Shagan testing range in Kazakhstan, the country’s Defense Ministry announced.

The test firing of the missile interceptor was conducted by the Russian Aerospace Forces’s (VKS) air and missile defense combat crew and it successfully intercepted the target.

“The new modernized anti-ballistic missile system has successfully fulfilled the task and struck a conventional target at the designated time,” Prikhodko, deputy commander of the Air and Missile Defense of the Aerospace Forces, said.

The anti-missile system is designed to protect Moscow against air and space attacks, as well as to carry out tasks in the interests of missile attack warning systems and control of outer space.

Since 2008, Russia has been reportedly developing a unified air and missile defense system, designed to integrate not only its own air and missile defense systems, but also those of other countries in the Confederacy of Independent States (CIS). The concept of a unified system involves the creation of a multi-layered and multi-tiered air and missile defense system capable of effectively engaging aerial targets at different ranges and altitudes.

The test launch came a day after Russian MOD released video of its new advanced weapon systems, revealed by President Vladimir Putin in March.

In videos posted in YouTube, Moscow showed off six  weapons – the Burevestnik nuclear-powered cruise missile; the Poseidon nuclear underwater drone; the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle; the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM); the Kinzhal hypersonic aero-ballistic missile and the Peresvet combat laser system.

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