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Sprint ABM-1


Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded mass 4,000 kg.

AKA: Sprint X265.
Status: Retired 1992.
Gross mass: 4,000 kg (8,800 lb).
Height: 3.00 m (9.80 ft).
Diameter: 1.37 m (4.49 ft).
Burn time: 1.20 s.

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Associated Countries
Associated Engines
Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Sprint Nuclear-armed point defense anti-ballistic missile, an incredible high-acceleration weapon that would intercept incoming Soviet ICBMs in the atmosphere within 15 seconds of launch. Deployment limited by arms agreements and only 70 were briefly in service in 1975-1976. More...
  • HEDI American anti-ballistic missile. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x X-265 + 1 x X-271 More...

Associated Propellants
  • Solid Solid propellants have the fuel and oxidiser embedded in a rubbery matrix. They were developed to a high degree of perfection in the United States in the 1950's and 1960's. In Russia, development was slower, due to a lack of technical leadership in the area and rail handling problems. Solid propellants have the fuel and oxidiser embedded in a rubbery matrix. They were developed to a high degree of perfection in the United States in the 1950's and 1960's. In Russia, development was slower, due to a lack of technical leadership in the area and rail handling problems. More...

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