[FPSPACE] More information on Russia's NUDOL ASAT system testing

Peter Pesavento pjp961 at svol.net
Fri Apr 1 12:11:40 EDT 2016

Via colleague Pavel Podvig, and his blog.  There are some links to other
materials if one clicks on the links in the article if you visit the
original report by Pavel.


He confirms that the new Putin-era ASAT is indeed called NUDOL.




What I think what may happen is that the USA will make a public
demonstration of their own sometime in the future where ASAT, or
counter-ASAT technologies will be demonstrated:.




Russia tests Nudol anti-satellite system

Back in December 2015, Bill Gertz
est-of-anti-satellite-missile/> reported on a "the first successful flight
test of a new anti-satellite missile." According to Gertz's source in the
Pentagon, the test, conducted on November 18, 2015, was a third (and the
first successful) test of a system known as Nudol. It is said to be a
direct-ascent ASAT system.

The name Nudol appeared a few times in various reports over the last few
years, so it is not entirely new.
<http://www.avangard-plastik.ru/data/pages/22/0/godotchet_2012.pdf> This
report says that parts of the Nudol project are carried out by the Novator
design bureau in Ekaterinburg.
f> Another suggests that Almaz-Antey acts as the lead developer and the
missile is known as 14A042. (A search for "14А042" returns a link to a
<http://www.cleanwater-e.ru/Klein.pdf> very interesting letter, but you have
to know Russian to fully appreciate it. In brief, it's a colorful complaint
about four bolts that didn't quite fit specifications.)

There is, in fact, an  <http://militaryrussia.ru/blog/topic-806.html> image
to come with the name, although it is difficult to say how close this image
is to the real thing.

There is not much more to report today beyond what Bill Gertz wrote in
December. But there are a few interesting details. First, the system that is
being tested in indeed Nudol. At this point, however, the tests do not
involve a kill vehicle - these are tests of the launcher. Given the Novator
role it is safe to assume that the launcher uses solid-propellant motors.
The missiles are launched from the Plesetsk test site with burnout stages
falling somewhere in the
2> Nenets Autonomous Okrug.


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