GarryB wrote:But at least the yanquis know that Russia is testing ABM missiles and can afford to do so. <snip> I think that the Kinzhal tells us that Russian solid rocket fuel tech has leveled up and so the A-135 will get a faster and more powerful
Well what it might show is that the Russians have had an ABM system operating around moscow for the last 45-50 years and it seems to be able to do its job, but new developments in scramjet technology might effect things... a vertical launch up through the atmosphere is one thing but a launch sideways at a target that might be 1,000km away could use a scramjet motor to fly the distance within the atmosphere rather high up at rather high speeds... this offers potentially enormous range for SAMs of the future and indeed AAMs of the future too... jet engine range with rocket engine speeds...
Anything that increases the range of the successor to the A-135 allows for more effective interception. This aspect is not going to be apparent from the video.
I assume the yanquis have a satellite detection network that can track the range of this test. That would send them a message.