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V-1000 Griffon

On 04 March 1961 an R-12 ballistic missile fitted with a mockup in the form of a 500-kg steel plate, simulating a standard warhead, was launched from the State proving ground at station Sary-Shagan. The target was detected by proving ground radars at a range of 1,500 km and destroyed by a V-1000 antimissile missile, outfitted with a high-explosive-payload.

In 1963 the Griffon [NATO reporting name] interceptor was paraded in Red Square, and characterized as an ABM interceptor. The Griffon was a two-stage liquid fueled interceptor that was 16.5 meters long with a range of over 250 kilometers. Construction of the RZ-25 ABM system, which employed the V-1000 interceptor, was first detected in the early 1960's near the Estonian capital Tallinn. However this construction soon ceased. A highly modified version of the Griffon, the Gammon, was subsequently developed.


Russian missile designation: V-1000
Russian system designation: RZ-25
DIA temporary code: ?
DIA code: SA-5 (later reused for the SA-5 Gammon)
NATO reporting name: Griffon
Designer: Grushin OKB (OKB-2, now MKB Fakel)
Manufacturer: Kisunko SKB (SKB-30, now NIIRP)
Development year: 1956
Deployment year: 1961/62
First seen in public: 1963
Retirement year: 1964
Type: Ballistic missile interceptor
Guidance: Radar command
Propulsion: Two liquid-fueled stages
Range: 250 km.
Warhead: Nuclear (yield unknown)

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