Rage, I would like to declare the following: China is the second country, after U.S.A., that has conducted a successful mid-course interception, in which a Kinetic Kill Vehicle (KKV) and a ground-based interceptor missile were used. The Russian A135 system used the nuclear-tipped (1 megaton), SH-11 'Gorgon' exoatmospheric interceptor missiles. The nuclear warheads were removed and replaced with high-explosives in later years. The Soviet Union, and later Russia, has never conducted a successful mid-course interception with a ground-based, KKV-tipped missile. The Russians admitted in 2002 that the A135 system was obsolete.