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53T6 (ABM-3 Gazelle)
Type Anti-ballistic missile
Place of origin Soviet Union
Service history
In service Since 1995
Used by Russia
Wars Cold War
Production history
Designer NPO Novator Design Bureau
Designed 1978[1]
Produced 1988[1]
Number built 68[1]
Length 10 m
Diameter 1 m
Warhead nuclear 10 kt

Engine 2-stage solid fuel
100 km
Flight ceiling 40 km
Speed Mach Mach 17 (20,826 km/h; 12,941 mph; 5.7849 km/s)

The 53T6 (NATO reporting name: ABM-3 Gazelle, previously SH-08)[1] is a Russian anti-ballistic missile. Designed in the early 1980s and in service since 1995,[2] it is a component of the A-135 anti-ballistic missile system.

The missile is able to intercept incoming re-entry vehicles at a distance of up to 100 km. The 53T6 is a two-stage solid-propellant missile armed with a 10 kt nuclear warhead. The missile is about 10 meters in length and 1 meter in diameter. Its launch weight is 10 tons.[1][3]

The 53T6 missile is kept in a silo-based launch container. Prior to launch its cover is blown off.

It is normally tested once a year; it was last tested in October 2012.[4]

The missile achieves speeds of approximately Mach 17 (20,826 km/h; 12,941 mph; 5.7849 km/s).[5]

Radar support[edit]

The Gazelle missile system is supported by the Don-2N Pill Box radar.

See also[edit]

Related US missiles[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d e Gazelle (SH-08/ABM-3)
  2. ^ Astronautix.com: A-135 System
  3. ^ СИСТЕМА ПРО А-135
  4. ^ [en.ria.ru/military_news/20121016/176667537.html Russia Tests Short-Range Interceptor Missile], MOSCOW, October 16 (RIA Novosti)
  5. ^ СИСТЕМА ПРО А-135

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