New Satellite Images Display Russian Anti Satellite Weapon Systems

New commercial satellite imagery showed hidden launch areas of the Russian anti-ballistic missile and anti-satellite weapon system in the area of Plesetsk spaceport in northern Russia.
As per latest reports released by Russia’s media, researchers stated that launch areas of the newest PL-19 Nudol anti-satellite weapon system located it the Plesetsk military spaceport, at the ex-launch site of the Cyclone-2 rocket.
Roughly, the creation of launch sites of new anti-satellite missiles started in late 2015 and early 2016. The western site has been totally ready; however, the development of the eastern site was finished later.
Around the sites showed dotted arrangements are ongoing for large-scale development of infrastructure, deforestation and developing of construction sites for facilities were being carried out.
While Moscow asserts that the Nudol is an anti-missile system, U.S. intelligence officials stated that the system has been devised basically for anti-satellite missions.
Russia has come up with a new mobile weapon system that would aim communication and imagery satellites circling in low Earth orbit and counter enemy missiles gearing towards important industrial regions.
The PL-19 Nudol anti-ballistic missile system would be replacing the present anti-ballistic missile i.e. Soviet-era A135 anti-ballistic missile system. It comprises of the Don-2N battle management radar as well as three types of missiles outfitted on MZKT-792911 chassis.
The long-range version, in regards to the 51T6 and competent of obliterating targets at distances up to 1500 km (930 miles), or at altitudes up to 800,000 meter; medium-range missiles, which is an update of the 58R6, devised to hit aims at distances up to 1000 km (620 miles),or at altitudes up to 120,000 meter; and short-range missiles (the 53T6M or 45T6 (based on the 53T6)), which comes with a functional range of 350 km (215 miles) and a flight ceiling of 40,000-50,000 meter.
According to military experts, the future of the missile defence system is Nudol. Nudol along with other modern S-500 missile system will form the foundation of inclusive, integral aerospace defence system of Russia that would include a variety of modern ground-based detection tools. The progress of long-range intercept missiles is presumably done by OKB “Innovator”.

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