President Vladimir Putin mentioned on Wednesday that Russia would deploy its first regiment of hypersonic nuclear-capable missiles subsequent 12 months, saying the transfer meant his nation now had a brand new sort of strategic weapon.
Putin was talking after overseeing what the Kremlin mentioned was a pre-deployment check of the brand new missile system, referred to as Avangard.
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“This check, which has simply completed, ended with full success,” Putin instructed a authorities assembly.
“From subsequent 12 months, 2019, Russia’s armed forces will get the brand new intercontinental strategic system Avangard … It’s a giant second within the lifetime of the armed forces and within the lifetime of the nation. Russia has obtained a brand new sort of strategic weapon.”
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Russia has mentioned the brand new missile system, one in every of a number of new weapons Putin introduced in March, is very maneuverable, permitting it to simply evade missile protection techniques.
Putin remotely noticed Wednesday’s check from a Russian protection ministry constructing in Moscow. The Kremlin described the check in an announcement, saying that an Avangard missile, launched from a location in south-west Russia, had efficiently hit and destroyed a goal within the Russian Far East.
Putin introduced an array of latest weapons in March, together with the Avangard, in one in every of his most bellicose speeches in years, saying they might hit virtually any level on the earth and evade a U.S.-built missile defend.