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Russian weapon 27 times faster than speed of sound

28 December 2018

The Kremlin says it successfully hit a designated practice target on the Kura shooting range on Kamchatka, 6,000 kilometers (3,700 miles) away.

"The Avangard is invulnerable to intercept by any existing and prospective missile defence means of the potential adversary", Putin said after the test, adding that the new weapon will enter service next year with the military's Strategic Missile Forces.

In conjunction with the Avangard system, Russian Federation is now working on a new missile to carry the weapon, Tass reports.

Putin unveiled the Avangard missile system, one of a variety of weapons Russian Federation developed to counter USA defenses, after former President George W. Bush withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2002. "Russian Federation has obtained a new type of strategic weapon", he said.

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Russian Federation upgraded its military arsenal further with the successful launch of a hypersonic missile capable of traveling at up to 20 times the speed of sound and gliding across the upper atmosphere.

On Wednesday, Russia successfully carried out the launch of a liquid-fueled intercontinental-range ballistic missile (ICBM) carrying the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle payload.

Ivanov recalled that when Russian officials warned their USA counterparts about the new weapon programme at the time, American officials were openly skeptical about Russia's ability to carry out its plan.

A hypersonic glider is a warhead able to fly through the atmosphere at an exceptionally high speed.

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Putin oversaw a test of the Avangard system on Wednesday, watching a large video screen in Moscow that showed a missile carrying the weapon being launched from a silo in the Dombarovskiy missile base in Orenburg Oblast, in the southern Ural Mountains.

Footage of the successful test was released immediately by Russian media, showing the missile's hot launch from a silo.

The Russian president had previously discussed the Avangard project in March, when he touted its abilities in the annual state of the nation speech to the Federal Assembly.

"In the past year, China has tested more hypersonic weapons than we have in a decade", said Michael Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, as reported by a US Army website.

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China, the U.S., and Russian Federation are considered the most advanced nations to possess hypersonic technologies, and Moscow claims it is leading in the race with the Avangard.

Russian weapon 27 times faster than speed of sound