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51T6 Gorgon
Moscow System

The 51T6 [NATO reporting name GORGON] ABM interceptor missile, introduced in the mid 1980s, is the high-altitude exo-atmospheric component of the improved Moscow ABM system. It was deployed in silos at facilities surrounding Moscow. The 51T6 (A-925) Azov ABM (NATO reporting name: SH-11/ABM-4 GORGON) can hit targets outside the atmosphere. It was taken out of service between 2002 and 2003 owing to the expiry of its useful life. Its launch silos were then mothballed and may be used for the new long-range ABMs.

Specifications

Russian missile designation: 51T6
Russian system designation: A-135
DIA temporary code: SH-11
DIA code: ABM-4
NATO reporting name: Gorgon
Designer: Grushin OKB (OKB-2, now MKB Fakel)
Manufacturer: Kisunko SKB (SKB-30, now NIIRP)
Development year: ?
Deployment year: 1983/84
First seen in public: ?
Retirement year:
Type: Exo-atmospheric (upper-tier) interceptor
Guidance: Radar command
Propulsion: Three liquid-fueled stages
Range: 350 km. (320 km.)
Warhead: Nuclear (1 Mt)







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