Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Before there was A-135 there was A-35!
I find I am part right and part wrong in this matter.
Soviet/Russian anti-ballistic missile defense [ABM] from the era of the Cold War but not exactly as I thought it was.
The A-35 system, radar components and missile. The latter code-named Galosh!
"The ABM-1 Galosh (Soviet designation A-350) was a Soviet, nuclear-tipped surface-to-air anti-ballistic missile. The Galosh (NATO reporting name, formerly SH-01) was a component of the A-35 anti-ballistic missile system. Its primary mission was to destroy U.S. Minuteman and Titan intercontinental ballistic missiles targeting Moscow"
"The ABM-1 was introduced during the 1960s with mechanically steered semi-active radar guidance. It contained a high-yield nuclear warhead [two to three megaton thermonuclear.]"
"The ABM-1B (Soviet designation A-350R) was introduced with the advanced A-35M missile system and became operational during 1978. This system was tested at the Sary Shagan Launch Facility with five test flights during 1971, 1976, and 1977, with two more tests during 1993 and 1999."
A-35 as with A-135 intended ONLY to protect Moscow and immediate environs!
Also with regard to effectiveness of the A-35 system consider this from the wiki:
"A memo from the archives of Vitalii Leonidovich Kataev, written circa 1985, had envisaged that the system 'will be completed in 1987 to provide protection from a strike of 1-2 modern and prospective ICBMs and up to 35 Pershing 2-type intermediate-range missiles.'"
THESE ABM SYSTEMS SUCH AS A-35 OR A-135 WILL NOT PROTECT AGAINST A MASSIVE MISSILE ATTACK!