Support The Moscow Times!

Russia Tests New Anti-Ballistic Missile Designed to Protect Moscow From Attack

Russian Ministry of Defence

Russia has test-launched a new anti-ballistic missile at a time of strained relations between Moscow and the West over missile control. 

The latest test comes a month after President Vladimir Putin unveiled an array of nuclear-capable arms that he warned was “not a bluff.” Last week, Russia test-launched a newly developed intercontinental ballistic missile, known in the West as “Satan-2,” while Poland signed a 4.75 billion dollar deal to buy the Patriot missile defense system from the United States.

The launch of Russia’s new anti-ballistic missile took place at the Sary-Shagan missile testing site in Kazakhstan, the Russian Defense Ministry said Monday. 

A video released by the ministry showed an anti-ballistic missile complex arriving at the range and a missile being launched. It cited a senior ministry official as saying that the missile launch was successful.

The ministry said in a statement that the tested missile has already been deployed to protect the city of Moscow from potential attacks from air. 

Reuters contributed reporting to this article.

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world.

Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from domestic violence and LGBT issues to the climate crisis and a secretive nuclear blast that exposed unknowing doctors to radiation.

Please consider making a one-time donation — or better still a recurring donation — to The Moscow Times to help us continue producing vital, high-quality journalism about the world's largest country.