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

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

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

Borisov spoke a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw the Avangard's reportedly successful test and hailed it as a reliable guarantee of Russia's security for decades to come.

"This is a great success and a great victory", Putin was quoted as saying after the launch, according to a Kremlin transcript.

The distance between the Orenburg region and Kamchatka exceeds 6,000 km.

Introducing the Avangard in March, Putin said the intercontinental-range missile travels at 20 times the speed of sound, enabling it to bypass rivals' missile defense systems.

"On my instructions the industrial enterprises and the Defense Ministry have prepared for and carried out the final test of this system", Putin said through Russia's state-owned TASS.

The test, which is said to be the platform's last before the missile is entered into combat service next year, was shown in a film that was immediately distributed wide across multiple Russian-backed media outlets in what has become a common bit of weapons-industry marketing for Russia in recent months. Russian Federation has obtained a new type of strategic weapon, ' he said.


A video released by the ministry showed only the first phase of the test, when the glider vehicle was contained within a UR-100N UTTKh missile (in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation terms, the SS-19 Stiletto).

Russian Federation has pointed to USA missile defenses to justify the development of hypersonic boost-glide missiles that can carry nuclear weapons. It's a big moment in the life of the armed forces and in the life of the country.

The Avangard missiles are created to fly faster and at higher altitude to avoid missile defense systems. US officials also expressed concerns about the agency's efforts in developing the missiles falling far behind in comparison to potential adversaries.

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

Officials in Washington worry that the rise of maneuverable missiles that can strike their targets within seconds will destabilize parts of Europe and Asia, where a leader would have only a few seconds to decide how to respond to an attack.

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