|53T6 (ABM-3 Gazelle)|
|Place of origin||Soviet Union|
|In service||Since 1995|
|Designer||NPO Novator Design Bureau|
|Variants||A modernized variant is in service as of July 2018[ citation needed ]|
|Mass||10,000 kg (22,000 lbs)|
|Warhead||nuclear 10 kt|
|Engine||2-stage solid fuel|
|Flight ceiling||80–100 km|
|Maximum speed||Mach 17 (20,826 km/h; 12,941 mph)|
The 53T6 (NATO reporting name: ABM-3 Gazelle, previously SH-08)is a Russian anti-ballistic missile. Designed in 1978 and in service since 1995, 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 80 km. The 53T6 is a two-stage solid-propellant rocket armed with a 10 kt thermonuclear weapon. The missile is about 10 meters in length and 1.8 meters in diameter. Its launch weight is 10 tons.
The 53T6 missile is kept in a silo-based launch container. Prior to launch its cover is blown off.
The missile achieves speeds of approximately Mach 17 (20,826 km/h; 12,941 mph; 5.7849 km/s). Maximal load manoeuvre capability is 210 g longitudinal and 90 g transverse.
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