Russia's hypersonic missile system: should we be anxious?

Top Russian officials oversee the test launch of the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle from the Defense Ministry’s control room in Moscow Russia on Wednesday. In the test the Avangard was launched from the Dombarovskiy missile base in the southern Ur

When first presenting the Avangard in March, the Russian leader said the new system has an intercontinental range and can fly in the atmosphere at 20 times the speed of sound, bypassing the enemy's missile defence. After being launched on a ballistic missile, it is created to fly horizontally while bypassing the enemy's missile defense. As The Diplomat reported earlier this year, Russian defense industry sources had noted that the first Russian Strategic Missile Forces regiment to operate the Avangard would oversee a test later this year.

The Kremlin said it successfully hit a designated practice target on the Kura shooting range on Kamchatka, 3,700 miles away.

He said at the time that Cold War tensions between the USA and Russian Federation "no longer exist" and that in the aftermath of 9/11, the biggest threats come from "terrorists who strike without warning". "He says the Trump administration's plan to scrap a treaty on medium-range missiles could lead to a new arms race".

The missile that carries the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle is the UR-100NUUTKh, an ICBM-class missile.

A smiling Ivanov likened the weapon's flight through the atmosphere to a pebble skipping off the surface of water. Ivanov added that they could be put in existing silos, sharply reducing the costs of Avangard's deployment.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu left Russian President Vladimir Putin center Chief of General Staff of Russia Valery Gerasimov background center and special representative on questions of ecology and transport Sergei Ivanov right talk as
Putin crows as he oversees Russian hypersonic weapons test

Russian Federation has said the new missile system, one of several new weapons Putin announced in March, is highly manoeuvrable, allowing it to easily evade missile defence systems.

"At this speed not a single intercepter missile can shoot it down", Borisov said.

In March, he pledged to strengthen his country's nuclear arsenal in response to development of the U.S. missile defense system, which he said could compromise Russia's nuclear deterrent.

Putin has been threatening a new arms race amid fears in Russian Federation the USA would not renew the New START treaty that limits the development of nuclear weapons by both countries and is due to expire in 2021.

"This will reliably ensure the security of our state and of our people for decades to come".

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