On March 26, Russia conducted a successful test of the anti-satellite missile “Nudol” from the range in Plesetsk, the online news magazine “The Diplomat” reported citing US defense officials.
In US reports, the “Nudol” missile system has the index PL–19 (“PL” – the index of a rocket system, firstly tested from Plesetsk).
The cited US officials claimed that it had been the sixth test of the “Nudol” (forth successful) and the first done from the mobile launcher, worked out for this complex.
According to the Diplomat resources, firstly, system “Nudol” is a space (satellite) defense system, although it possesses characteristics of the missile defense system.
The report also noted the continuation of tests of the 53T6M upgraded in interceptor missile by Russia. The 53T6M may see deployment around Moscow in the end of 2018.
According to reports, there have been five missile tests of the Nudol missile system:
- August 12, 2014 – from the range Plesetsk – unsuccessful (according to planet4589.org was succeed);
- April 22, 2014 – from the range Plesetsk – unsuccessful (according to the DoD and planet4589.org);
- November 18, 2015 – Plesetsk – successful;
- May 25, in 2016 – Plesetsk – successful;
- December 16, 2016 – accomplished from the central Russian part (the Kapustin Yar range) – successful.