Putin oversees hypersonic weapons test that will 'ensure Russia's security for decades'

Russia conducts successful test of Avangard hypersonic missile system

Russia conducts successful test of Avangard hypersonic missile system

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday his country will deploy its first hypersonic nuclear-capable missile system in 2019.

From the National Defense Direction Center, Putin personally gave the order to launch in winter conditions the aforementioned system that carries a winged missile of remote-controlled trajectory with hypersonic speed.

Despite having a mass in its start between 50 and 60 tons, the Avangard (RS-26) travels at a hypersonic speed with a maximum range of six thousand kilometers.

Russian Federation touted Thursday a new hypersonic missile said to hit speeds of more than 30,000 kilometers per hour, amid heightened tension with the U.S. over arms control.

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Russia's new strategic weapon has rendered any missile defences useless at a small fraction of their cost, officials said.

"The launch was performed by an operational unit of the Strategic Missile Forces from Dombarovsky missile deployment area against a hypothetical target at the Kura range, Kamchatka Territory", the Kremlin noted in a statement.

The Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle flies 27 times faster than the speed of sound, making it impossible to intercept, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told Russian state television.

The Avangard hypersonic vehicle zigzags on its path, making it impossible to predict, Russian Federation says. It's a big moment in the life of the armed forces and in the life of the country. "This has just been completed with absolute success", Putin said during a televised meeting with members of the government. The next secretary of defense must demand high-priority returns on investment from USA defense contractors working to counter these threats.Ultimately, the Avangard is a tanglble reminder that Russian Federation and China are America's two primary adversaries. It can carry conventional or nuclear weapons and maneuver past defenses, according to Russian officials. At the time, he also cited its potential speed as being 20 times the speed of sound - which is 767 miles per hour. Officials in Washington were also anxious about the rise of maneuverable missiles that can strike their targets within seconds.

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