sepheronx wrote:magnumcromagnon wrote:x_54_u43 wrote:All this talk about Russia being second to China in its ASAT capability is rather amusing.
Russia daily demonstrates its ability to intercept a 430km high, 7.6 km/s target.
China wishes it were even in the same league as Russia in this field.
...Seriously, the USSR was the first nation to carry out ASAT tests back in the early 1970's, then the US carried out it's first ASAT tests back in the mid-1980's, then China conducted there first ASAT test in......2007, more than 4 decades after Russia had the ability.
The problem is that people thought Russia lost that ability. It wasn't that they lost it, it is just that they knew their systems worked for so long that there was no need to test it. Essentially, this Nudal is really just a newer system. And Artjohm is correct, it is actually tied to the missile defense system program. Essentially, this may very well be an addition to S-500. But seems to be tied to A-135 missile defense systems. So they needed to test it out, and so they did, and apparently was a success. So this is just a new move to a different system. Part of the aerospace defense as a whole. The old systems are more than likely still in place.
A-235 not A-135, as that is leaving service, plus it has nothing to do with losing the ability, it's just journalists being lazy and sloppy, BTW Russia had worked on ASAT LEO objects in the 90's/00's using the strategic interceptor Mig-31. The S-500 will at least have ASAT for LEO orbit, Nudol/A-235 may surpass that, but like you said it's part of the aerospace strategy, there's even talk of developing a S-500 missile for air-launched ABM, using strategic interceptors.