A-135 anti-ballistic missile system
The A-135 (NATO: ABM-3 Gorgon) anti-ballistic missile system is a Russian military complex deployed around Moscow to counter enemy missiles targeting the city or its surrounding areas. It became operational during 1995. It is a successor to the previous A-35, and complies with the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
|51T6 (ABM-4 Gorgon)|
DIA drawing of an SH-08/ABM-3A GAZELLE 53T6 missile launching with Don-2 phased array radar in background
|Place of origin||Soviet Union|
|In service||Since 1995|
|Designer||NPO Novator Design Bureau|
|Warhead||nuclear 10 kt|
|Engine||2-stage solid fuel|
|Speed||Mach 7 (8,575 km/h; 5,328 mph; 2.3820 km/s)|
The A-135 system attained "alert" (operational) status on February 17, 1995. It is operational although its 51T6 (NATO reporting name: SH-11) component was deactivated in February 2007. A newer missile (PRS-1M) is expected to replace it. There is an operational test version of the system at the test site in Sary Shagan, Kazakhstan.
A-135 consists of the Don-2N battle management radar and two types of ABM missiles. It gets its data from the wider Russian early warning system which is sent to the command centre which then forwards tracking data to the Don-2N radar.
- The Don-2N radar (NATO: "Pill Box") is a large battle-management phased array radar with 360° coverage. Tests were undertaken at the prototype Don-2NP in Sary Shagan in 2007 to upgrade its software.
- 68 launchers of short-range 53T6 (NATO: SH-08 "Gazelle") endoatmospheric interceptor nuclear-tipped missiles at five launch sites with 12 or 16 missiles each. Designed by NPO Novator, similar to US Sprint missile. These are tested roughly annually at the Sary Shagan test site.
|Location||Coordinates ||Number ||Details|
|Sofrino||12||Co-located with the Don-2N radar|
- Currently decommissioned 16 launchers of long-range 51T6 (NATO: SH-11 "Gorgon") exoatmospheric interceptor nuclear-tipped missiles at two launch sites with 8 missiles each.
|Location||Coordinates ||Number ||Details|
|Sergiyev Posad-15||8||Site was also used in the A-35 system|
|Naro-Fominsk-10||8||Site was also used in the A-35 system|
A memo from the archives of Vitalii Leonidovich Kataev, written around 1985, had envisaged that the system "will be completed in 1987 to provide protection from a strike of 1–2 modern and prospective ICBMs and up to 35 Pershing 2-type intermediate-range missiles".
Russian Early Warning SystemEdit
The wider early warning system consists of:
- Two Daryal-type (NATO: 'Pechora') bistatic phased-array early warning radars, deployed at Pechora and Gabala Radar Station (closed in 2012) in Qabala, Azerbaijan.
- Dnepr (NATO: Hen House) radars at Mishelevka (Irkutsk), Olenegorsk, and Balkhash, Sary Shagan, Kazakhstan.
- Voronezh radar
- US-KMO, US-K and EKS satellites.
- Command, control, communications and intelligence services.
The successor system, dubbed 'Samolet-M' (and more recently A-235) supposedly will employ a new, conventional, variant of the 53T6 missile to be deployed in the former 51T6 silos. The new PRS-1M is a modernized variant of the PRS-1 (53T6) and can use nuclear or conventional warheads. It can hit targets at ranges of 350 km and altitudes of 50 km.
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