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)|
|First seen in public:||1963|
|Type:||Ballistic missile interceptor|
|Propulsion:||Two liquid-fueled stages|
|Warhead:||Nuclear (yield unknown)|