“Russia is the first in the world to receive a new type of strategic weapon and this will reliably ensure the security of our state and of our people for decades to come. This is a wonderful, excellent gift for the country for the New Year.
It will be practically invulnerable.“
Reports say the Avangard can reach the U.S. flying more than 15,000 miles per hour. The missile with a maneuverable gliding warhead can adjust both altitude and direction to avoid defenses and fly low enough to avoid most interceptors.
Joseph Trevithick, a fellow at GlobalSecurity.org, wrote on The War Zone blog,
“Limited funding and other defense industrial resources have also threatened a variety of other Russian strategic and non-strategic military modernization efforts. It remains to be seen just how rapidly the Kremlin can actually get its new hypersonic weapon into service and to what degree.“
Moscow’s announcement comes less than a month after Trump said he would stop adhering to a decades-old nuclear treaty in 60 days unless Russia returns to compliance with it.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said,
“These violations of the INF treaty cannot be viewed in isolation from the larger pattern of Russian lawlessness on the world stage. The list of Russia’s infamous acts is long: Georgia, Ukraine, Syria, election meddling, Skripal and now the Kerch Strait, to name just a few.“
File under, “Uh, that’s too late”… US Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Michael D. Griffin said could have a “workable defensive capability” against hypersonic weapons by the middle of the NEXT decade.
Happy New Year.
Putin teases hypersonic nuclear missiles Russia is ready to launch a new nuclear-capable missile system called the Avangard hypersonic system, following tests watched by President Vladimir Putin. CNN's Lynda Kinkade reports. https://t.co/XGMTqCPfqm #Video #USRC pic.twitter.com/HkYxTQPy5M
— U.S. Reality Check🗽 (@USRealityCheck) December 27, 2018
Vladimir Putin has overseen the launch of Russia's new nuclear-capable missile system https://t.co/VgBvMBl7TA
— Sky News (@SkyNews) December 27, 2018
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