Russia 'successfully tests' interceptor missile travelling 2.5 mile per second
Russia says it has successfully tested a new interceptor missile designed to fend off attacks.
A tweet from the country’s Ministry of Defence showed off video it said was from the Sary-Shagan test site in Kazakhstan.
The video shows the interceptor shooting up in a blaze of flames and smoke.
Russia didn’t name the new missile, but it is believed to be the PRS-1M interceptor missile, crucial to protecting Moscow and other strategic sites in the region from potential incoming NATO or other enemy missiles.
‘Another test-launch of a new Russian interceptor missile was successfully conducted,” said the country’s defence ministry.
‘After a series of trials, the new interceptor missile confirmed its characteristics and successfully completed the task by striking an assigned
target with precision.’
This new missile is a development of the older 53T6 which ‘previously flew several times faster than a bullet and accelerated within seconds to 3km per second, making it the world’s fastest missile’, said gazeta.ru.
‘The modernised version’s speed has already approached 4km 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,’ the paper reported analysing the PRS-1M.
‘Interception of enemy ICBM warheads is now assured at an altitude substantially higher than 31 miles.’
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