The Russian Aerospace Forces successfully conducted the test launch of a new upgraded missile of the Russian Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) system at the Sary-Shagan test site in Kazakhstan.
“After a series of tests, the new ABM system has proved its characteristics and successfully completed the task, engaging the target with a given accuracy”, said Colonel Sergei Grabchuk, Commander of the anti-missile defence system formation.
The anti-ballistic missile system is in service with the Russian Aerospace Forces and is designed to protect Moscow from air and space attacks, said a Russian MoD statement.
It is not currently known whether the testing involved S-500 Prometey (Prometheus) or A-235 Nudol system.
A-235 Nudol is a Russian anti-ballistic missile (ABM) and anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon system being developed by JSC Concern VKO Almaz-Antey. The new system will replace the current A-135 ABM system and is capable of engaging targets in near space, including satellites.
S-500 Prometey (also known as 55R6M “Triumfator-M”) is a Russian surface-to-air missile/anti-ballistic missile system intended to replace the A-135 missile system currently in use, and supplement the S-400 air defense system.
The system is similar to the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system and will have a range of around 600 km (370 mi).