Russia conducted another successful flight test of its new anti-satellite missile system in December 2018, CNBC reported on January 18 citing two sources with direct knowledge of a U.S. intelligence report on the issue.
“The anti-satellite missile flew for 17 minutes and 1,864 miles before successfully splashing down in its target area,” CNBC wrote in its article.
The PL-19 Nudol is a Russian anti-ballistic missile and anti-satellite weapon system in development by JSC Concern VKO Almaz-Antey. According to reports, it’s expected to be capable of targeting communication and imagery satellites in low Earth orbit. However, it also possesses characteristics of the missile defense system.
According to media reports, the PL-19 Nudol was successfully tested twice in 2018. If all media reports are true, there have been 7 successful tests of the PL-19 Nudol missile system so far.