President Vladimir Putin is bursting with pride. He’s certain Russia’s brace of new weapons have no foreign equivalents. And he believes this will give his country an edge for decades to come.
President Putin, speaking at a meeting with his top military brass in Moscow, singled out his new Kinzhal hypersonic missile and the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle, saying they have significantly bolstered Russia’s military capability.
“No one has hypersonic weapons yet, but we have it,” he said.
And that’s no idle boast.
Also overnight, the US government admitted it is powerless to defend against these ‘game changer’ hypersonic weapons. The Government Accountability Office says their speed, altitude and maneuverability simply make them too difficult to stop.
The report states: “There are no existing countermeasures.”
The Kinzhal missile — reportedly capable of flying as fast as 12,500km/h — has already been commissioned by Russia’s military, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said, adding that Mig-31 combat jets carrying the missiles have flown 89 patrol missions ver the Caspian and the Black Seas this year.
Shoigu said the Avangard glider will enter service with the military in 2019. This is launched on the back of a conventional ballistic missile. But, once it is detached, it can twist, turn and…
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