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53T6 (ABM-3 Gazelle)
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Type Anti-ballistic missile
Place of originSoviet Union
Service history
In serviceSince 1995
Used byRussia
Wars Cold War
Production history
Designer NPO Novator Design Bureau
Designed1978 [1]
Produced1988 [1]
No. built68 [1]
VariantsA modernized variant is in service as of July 2018[ citation needed ]
Mass10,000  kg (22,000 lbs)
Length12 m
Diameter1.8 m [2] [3] [4]
Warheadnuclear 10 kt

Engine2-stage solid fuel
80–100 km [2] [5] [6] [7]
Flight ceiling80–100 km
Maximum speed Mach 17 (20,826 km/h; 12,941 mph)
silo [8] [9]

The 53T6 (NATO reporting name: ABM-3 Gazelle, previously SH-08) [1] is a Russian anti-ballistic missile. Designed in 1978 and in service since 1995, [10] 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. [1] [11]

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). [11] Maximal load manoeuvre capability is 210  g longitudinal and 90 g transverse. [4]

Radar support

The Gazelle missile system is supported by the Don-2N Pill Box radar.

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