53T6 (missile)

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Part of the Russian terminal phase A-135 ballistic missile defense system, the 53T6 (Western reporting designation ABM-3 [1] GAZELLE) is the lower-tier endoatmospheric, short-range interceptor.[2] It may have been replaced by the 55T6 (missile).[3]

The GAZELLE is similar to the former U.S. Sprint (missile). Originally, it had a nuclear warhead, but some or all may have been converted to conventional explosive (i.e., not hit-to-kill).


  1. ABM-3 may be system-level and SH-08 the missile proper
  2. "Gazelle (SH-08/ABM-3)", Misslethreat.com from the Claremont Institute
  3. Andreas Parsch and Aleksey V. Martynov, 2.2 ABM - Anti-Ballistic Missiles, Designations of Soviet and Russian Military Aircraft and Missiles