Russia has completed a “successful” military test of its new state-of-the-art interceptor missile intended to neutralise Western attacks.
The Kremlin declined to name the rocket system shown on video blasting off from the Sary-Shagan training range in Kazakhstan.
But it’s believed to be the deadly PRS-1M interceptor missile, crucial to protecting Moscow and other strategic sites in the region from potential incoming NATO or other enemy missiles.
Footage released by the Defense Ministry-run Zvezda television channel today shows the preparation of the weapon’s vehicle before it is loaded and launched into the air.
Russia’s Ministry of Defence confirmed to state-run agency TASS: “Another test-launch of a new Russian interceptor missile was successfully conducted.
“After a series of trials, the new interceptor missile successfully completed the task by striking an assigned target with precision.”
The missile defense system is reportedly in service with the Aerospace Forces, and is designed to protect against attacks of aerospace attacks.
TASS indicated that the tests were linked to earlier trials at Sary Shagan last year.
These involved the upgraded PRS-1M interceptor missile which is described as “much faster and deadlier than its predecessor”.
This new missile is a development of the older 53T6 which “previously flew several times faster than a bullet and accelerated within seconds to 3 km per second, making it the world’s fastest missile”, according to gazeta.ru
“The modernised version’s speed has already approached 4 km per second.”
This is 1.86 miles per second and 2.48 miles per second respectively.
“The new product’s kill zone is practically one and a half times greater in terms of altitude and range,” reported gazeta.ru in analysing the PRS-1M.
“Interception of enemy ICBM warheads is now assured at an altitude substantially higher than 50 km (31 miles).
“The missile carries a nuclear warhead of several kilotons.”