New Russian weapons can travel at 27 times the speed of sound

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In this photo taken from abstract videos distributed by the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service, an intercontinental ballistic missile rises from a silo somewhere in Russia. The Russian military said the Avangard supercar introduced the tax on Friday. The Kremlin has made modernizing Russia’s strategic nuclear forces one of its top priorities. (Russian Ministry of Defense Press Service via AP)

A new intercontinental weapon that can fly 27 times the speed of sound began operating on Friday, Russia’s Defense Minister told President Vladimir Putin, boosting the country’s nuclear strike capability.

Putin described the high-speed slider Avangard as technological progress comparable to the launch of the first satellite by the Soviet Union in 1957. The new Russian weapon and a similar system developed by China have annoyed the United States.

Avangard launches over an intercontinental ballistic missile, but unlike a regular war rocket following a predictable path after separation, it can maneuver the atmosphere en route to the target, making it much more difficult to locate.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu informed Putin that the first missile unit equipped with the high-speed Avangard slider had entered the military task.

“I congratulate you on this event as a milestone for the army and the whole nation,” Shoigu said later in an interview with top military leaders.

The head of the strategic missile forces, General Sergei Karakajev, said during the call that Avangard was stationed in the Orenburg area in the southern Urals.

In this photo taken from unspecified material distributed by the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service, an intercontinental ballistic missile is raised by a truck launcher located somewhere in Russia. The Russian military said the Avangard supercar introduced the tax on Friday. The Kremlin has made modernizing Russia’s strategic nuclear forces one of its top priorities. (Russian Ministry of Defense Press Service via AP)

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Putin unveiled the Avangard among other prospective weapons systems in his 2018 speech, noting that his ability to maneuver sharply on his way to a goal will render missile defense useless.

“He intends to aim like a meteor, like a fireball,” he said at the time.

The Russian leader noted that the Avangard has been designed using new composites to withstand temperatures of up to 2,000 Celsius (3,632 Fahrenheit) resulting from a flight through the atmosphere at elevated speeds.

The military said the Avangard can fly 27 times faster than the speed of sound. It has a nuclear weapon up to 2 megatons.

Putin said Russia had to develop Avangard and other future weapons systems because of US efforts to develop a missile defense system that it claimed could corrode …read more

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