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Russia's President Vladimir Putin ready to deploy new Avangard hypersonic missiles

Russia's President Vladimir Putin ready to deploy new Avangard hypersonic missiles

Speaking to Russia's top military brass on Wednesday after watching the live feed of the launch of the Avangard system from the defense ministry's control room, Putin said the test was a "great success" and an "excellent New Year's gift to the nation".

The Bell, an independent media outlet, said Putin was so excited about Wednesday's tests that he told Russian businessmen about them later in the day and said that no one could threaten Russia now because it has such advanced weapons.

"The Avangard is invulnerable to interception by any existing and prospective missile-defense means of the potential adversary", Putin said.

"Putin says Russian Federation was forced to develop the Avangard after the US withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2002", NPR's Lucian Kim reports from Moscow.

It was the first time the PLA's missile force had tested the system since it received the last shipments of the weaponry from Russian Federation in July under a US$3 billion contract signed in 2015.

Russian Federation upgraded its military arsenal further with the successful launch of a hypersonic missile capable of traveling at up to 20 times the speed of sound and gliding across the upper atmosphere.

The Avangard hypersonic vehicle zigzags on its path, making it impossible to predict, Russian Federation says.

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He added that it was important to differentiate between "simulated ballistic target" and real hypersonic missiles.

He said at the time that Cold War tensions between the United States and Russian Federation "no longer exist" and that in the aftermath of 9/11, the biggest threats come from "terrorists who strike without warning".

Mr. Putin made the announcement at a Kremlin meeting following tests of the hypersonic system known as Avangard.

Ivanov recalled that when Russian officials warned their USA counterparts about the new weapon programme at the time, American officials were openly skeptical about Russia's ability to carry out its plan.

Russian Federation started the Avangard project in 2002, after the United States withdrew from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with the Soviet Union.

He emphasised that unlike previous nuclear warheads fitted to intercontinental ballistic missiles that follow a predictable trajectory allowing it to calculate the spot where they can be intercepted, the Avangard chaotically zigzags on its path to its target, making it impossible to predict the weapon's location.


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