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51T6


Russian anti-ballistic missile. Exo-atmospheric interceptor component of A-135 ABM system.

Maximum range: 350 km (210 mi). Standard warhead: Nuclear. Boost Propulsion: Solid rocket. Cruise engine: Liquid rocket. Initial Operational Capability: 1995.

AKA: A-925; ABM-4; 51T6; SH-11; A-135; Gorgon.
Status: Active.
Gross mass: 33,000 kg (72,000 lb).
Height: 19.80 m (64.90 ft).
Diameter: 2.57 m (8.43 ft).
Apogee: 350 km (210 mi).
First Launch: 1979.03.01.
Last Launch: 2002.10.02.
Number: 4 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • A-135 Two-tier Russian anti-ballistic missile system for the defence of Moscow, with both endoatmospheric and exoatmospheric interceptor missiles. After protracted development, the system was said to have gone into operation in 1995. More...
  • Russian SAMs and ABMs Perhaps no missiles ever produced had as much historical influence as the surface-to-air missiles of the Soviet Union. Originally conceived to provide a defence against the American bomber fleets of the early Cold War, they decisively affected the turn of events when they shot down American U-2 reconnaissance aircraft over Russia and Cuba. Soviet-provided missiles accounted for a hundred American aircraft over North Vietnam and set the terms of the air battle. A new generation of missiles presented a huge technological surprise and took an awful toll of Israeli aircraft in the 1973 war. To this day, Russian surface-to-air missiles provide the only defence available to most countries against American bombers, and Russian man-portable anti-aircraft missiles are a major part of the terrorist threat. More...
  • missile Guided self-propelled military weapon (as opposed to rocket, an unguided self-propelled weapon). More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Grushin Russian manufacturer of rocket engines and rockets. Fakel Machine Building Design Bureau named for P D Grushin, Khimki, Russia. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Sary Shagan Primary Soviet anti-ballistic missile test site. Known to have been used for 85 launches from 1958 to 2007, reaching up to 300 kilometers altitude. The actual number of missile tests ran into the thousands. More...

Associated Stages

51T6 Chronology


1979 March 1 - . Launch Site: Sary Shagan. LV Family: A-135. Launch Vehicle: 51T6.
  • Test launch - . Nation: USSR. Agency: PKO. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1979 December 1 - . Launch Site: Sary Shagan. LV Family: A-135. Launch Vehicle: 51T6.
  • ABM test - . Nation: USSR. Agency: PKO. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1982 June 1 - . Launch Site: Sary Shagan. LV Family: A-135. Launch Vehicle: 51T6.
  • ABM test - . Nation: USSR. Agency: PKO. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2002 October 2 - . Launch Site: Sary Shagan. LV Family: A-135. Launch Vehicle: 51T6. LV Configuration: A-925 51T6.
  • Test launch - . Nation: Russia. Agency: PKO. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

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