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The Soviet/Russian military space program, past and present

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spaceman3:

--- Quote from: Blackstar on 12/29/2011 04:13 AM ---Asif, do you know if the improved IS was intended to engage multiple targets and how was it supposed to do this?

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From what I know, no, the improved IS was not intended for multiple targets.

The last iteration of the IS was the IS-MU (or 14F10) declared operational in April 1991 but stood down in August 1993. It was basically designed for a fractional orbit intercept (i.e., less than 1 orbit). There was another version called IS-MD (or 75P6) for supposedly intercepting targets in geostationary orbit. Development began in 1988 but was abandoned at some point. It's ground-based Okno radar was actually finished.

There were a few other stalled ASAT systems such as the MiG-31-launched version (called 30P6) and another ground-launched version called Naryad (using Naryad-VN and Naryad-VR) which uses the Rokot launch vehicle and a variation of the Briz upper stage. Was apparently tested a couple of times.

Anyway, short answer: none of these, as far as I know, were intended for multiple targets.

But as an aside: the history of Soviet/Russian ASAT systems is extremely complicated and a long one. There were an enormous number of projects proposed, "approved," and then abandoned.

Capt. David:

--- Quote from: Danderman on 12/28/2011 04:07 AM ---The presentation pdf has the first image of an IS (satellite killer) that I have seen. I am surprised that it doesn't look more like Polyot.


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The Polyot displayed at NPO Mash is missing the Antenna Dish, but this IS Polyot:


 





There was a couple of good photos of the Polyot published in the Russian version of Popular Mechanics.

I'll find those and post them.

Best Regards,

David L. Rickman
549 Caribou Road
Asheville, NC  28803
USA

Capt. David:
Here it is: http://www.popmech.ru/article/4397-kosmicheskie-istrebiteli/

Популярная Механика, October 2003










Best Regards,

David L. Rickman
549 Caribou Road
Asheville, NC  28803
USA

Capt. David:

--- Quote from: Danderman on 12/28/2011 04:07 AM ---The presentation pdf has the first image of an IS (satellite killer) that I have seen. I am surprised that it doesn't look more like Polyot.


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Just discovered that there's a Polyot IS parked near the Lunniy Korabl in Lab 33 of the A.F. Mozhaisky Military Space Academy.

You can see it facing the camera in the foreground.



My Best,

David L. Rickman
549 Caribou Road
Asheville, NC  28803
USA

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