Test of nuclear missile defence

Test of nuclear missile defence

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Credit: SPUTNIK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Nuclear defence. Fireball from the explosion of a Soviet nuclear anti-ballistic missile (ABM) high in the atmosphere. This was a test of the A-35 system, using the Fakel 5V61 missile (NATO reporting name ABM-1 'Galosh'). The missile carried a warhead in the 2MT (megatons) range, designed to create vast amounts of X-rays that counter the electronics of the incoming enemy missiles. Photographed in 1965.

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