The 53T6 Gazelle ABM (Anti-Ballistic Missile) System


The 53T6 Gazelle, also known as the ABM-3, is an ABM (anti-ballistic missile) system that was designed in the 1980s and entered service in 1995. The missile can be launched from silos, and can also be carried and launched by a MAZ-7910. The missile is capable of intercepting re-entry vehicles at distances exceeding 100 km. The 53T6 is a solid-propellant two stage missile and is armed with a nuclear warhead that has a yield of 10 kt. The missile is ten meters long, one meter in diameter, and weighs ten tons. The missile reaches a speed of 5.5 km/sec within 3 seconds of launch, and reaches a height of 30 km within an additional 2 seconds.


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