Russia’s latest strategic weapon can travel 27 times faster than the speed of sound, making it impossible to intercept by missile defense systems, a senior Russian official has announced.
The new weapon, referred to as Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle, “essentially makes missile defenses useless,” said Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov as cited in state-owned Zvezda TV channel on Thursday.
“The latest tests have shown that it has reached speeds close to 30 Machs. Practically at these speeds, no anti-missile can knock it down,” Borisov added.
He spoke a day after President Vladimir Putin oversaw what he hailed as a decisively successful test of the Avangard and a reliable guarantee of Russia’s security for decades to come.
Putin further said the new hypersonic missile system, which he added can evade US ballistic missile defenses, will be deployed in 2019 as part of Russia’s focus on advancing its defense…