Putin Says Russia Has Surpassed the U.S. In Hypersonic Weapons | TIME
The President of the Russian Federation spoke about the new systems that he called &# 171; weapon of the future&# 187;
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia is the only country with hypersonic weapons.
Speaking at a meeting of the board of the Russian Defense Ministry, Putin said that for the first time in history Russia is not catching up, but ahead of other countries, having developed a new class of weapons.
“No country in the world has hypersonic weapons in general, and even more so, hypersonic weapons of continental range,” the president said..
According to him, the strategic-range hypersonic missile system with the Avangard gliding wing unit will enter service this month, and the Kinzhal hypersonic missile systems have already been put into service..
Putin first mentioned the Avangard and Dagger systems along with other advanced weapons in his March 2018 State of the Union Address.
Then the Russian leader said that Avangard has an intercontinental range and can fly in the atmosphere at a speed 20 times higher than the speed of sound. According to him, due to the ability to change course and altitude on the way, this weapon cannot be intercepted..
Speaking on Tuesday, Putin described the Avangard system as follows: “This weapon of the future is capable of overcoming both existing and future missile defenses.”.
Complexes “Dagger”, as carriers for which MiG-31 aircraft are used, entered service with the Russian Air Force last year. According to Putin, the missile develops 10 times the speed of sound, has a range of more than 2,000 km and is capable of carrying a nuclear or conventional warhead.. The armed forces note that it is capable of hitting both ground targets and warships..
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