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Putin Russia ready to deploy hypersonic weapon

Putin Russia ready to deploy hypersonic weapon

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday presided over the testing of a new hypersonic rocket that would be able to evade anti-missile defense systems, calling it "an excellent New Year's gift to the nation".

It is extremely hard to predict the glider's trajectory, which essentially leaves any missile defense system off-guard.

During the flight, the missile made maneuvers in vertical and horizontal directions, according to the anticipated drawn trajectory, said the same source.

"The new Avangard system is impervious to current and future air defense and missile defense systems of a potential enemy", he noted.

Despite having a mass in its start between 50 and 60 tons, the Avangard (RS-26) travels at a hypersonic speed with a maximum range of six thousand kilometers. While Putin publicly blames US missile defense systems for his development of Avangard, he knows full well that those defense systems were never a threat to Russia's nuclear capability in the first place.

In Wednesday's test, the weapon was launched from the Dombarovskiy missile base in the southern Ural Mountains. Russian Federation has obtained a new type of strategic weapon, ' he said.

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Russian Federation has pointed to USA missile defenses to justify the development of hypersonic boost-glide missiles that can carry nuclear weapons.

The military has previously said the Avangard glider was sacked from the Dombarovsky site in southern Russian Federation and targeted the test range in Kura in the Kamchatka Peninsula.

The test comes amid bitter tensions in Russia-US relations, which have been strained over the Ukrainian crisis, the war in Syria and the allegations of Moscow's meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

"From next year, 2019, Russia's armed forces will get the new intercontinental strategic system Avangard". It's a big moment in the life of the armed forces and in the life of the country.

The hypersonic missile could fly at 20 times the speed of sound and manoeuvre up and down, meaning it could breach defence systems, he said at the time.

He further emphasized no other country had hypersonic weapons.

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