Russian hypersonic missile enters service

Russian hypersonic missile enters service

Russian Federation is developing state-of-the-art weapons and is no longer playing a game of catch-up with the West, Putin said.

Noting that during the Cold War the Soviet Union was lagging behind the United States in designing the atom bomb and building long-range ballistic missiles and strategic bombers, Putin expressed satisfaction about the current state of preparedness.

USA officials have talked about putting a layer of sensors in space to more quickly detect enemy missiles, particularly the hypersonic weapons. Putin claimed the Kinzhal missiles can change course and altitude to escape interception.

The Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle, which can fly 27 times the speed of sound, was described by the president as a technological breakthrough comparable to the 1957 Soviet launch of the first satellite. We are being caught up.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu informed Putin that the first missile unit equipped with the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle entered combat duty.

The new system, called Avangard, comprises a hypersonic glide vehicle created to sit atop an intercontinental ballistic missile, one of several new types of weapons Putin has touted as ahead of their time.

The U.S. also has repeatedly warned Congress about hypersonic missiles being developed by Russian Federation and China that will be harder to track and defeat.

"It heads to target like a meteorite, like a fireball", he said then.

"I would like to congratulate every one of us and especially the Strategic Missile Forces".

Russia's economy is dwarfed by that of America's, which is more than 10 times bigger in dollar terms; it is too small to make even a list of the top 10, and it grew by around just 1 percent this year.

Nato's relationship with Russian Federation is cumbersome, but it is better to meet than to let be, says Jens Stoltenberg.

The opening of the 19-kilometre (11.9-mile) bridge, which is the longest in Europe, will allow 14 million passengers and 13 million tons of cargo to move across the bridge each year, Putin said during its opening ceremony.

"If we want to win, our technology must be better than world-class models".

Russian Federation has boasted of developing a number of "invincible" weapons that surpass existing systems and include Sarmat intercontinental missiles and Burevestnik cruise missiles.

Russian Federation also recently hosted USA inspectors for a test of the Avangard, under the terms of the New START bilateral nuclear arms control treaty, which is set to expire in 2021.

The Burevestnik has stoked particular controversy.

The Pentagon said in a statement that it "will not characterize the Russian claims" about the Avangard's capabilities.

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