Putin Says Russia Ready to Deploy New Hypersonic Nuclear Missile

Minnie Murray
December 27, 2018

India also signed a US$5 billion deal with Russia to purchase five S-400 systems when Russian President Vladimir Putin visited New Delhi in October.

"The Avangard is invulnerable to intercept by any existing and prospective missile defense means of the potential adversary", Putin said after the test, adding that the new weapon will enter service next year with the military's Strategic Missile Forces.

Addressing his government on Wednesday, Putin announced that his military had successfully conducted a test of an intercontinental "Avangard" missile system.

The Avangard is a strategic intercontinental ballistic missile system equipped with a gliding hypersonic maneuvering warhead.

The test comes amid bitter tensions in Russia-U.S. relations, which have sunk to their lowest level since the Cold War times over the conflict in Ukraine, the war in Syria and the allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Shortly after the testing, Russia's RT news group broadcast what appears to be footage of the actual test taking place.

Launched from the Dombarovsky missile base in the Ural Mountains, the weapon struck a practice target 3,700 miles away on the Kamchatka peninsula.

"The new Avangard missile system is invincible for today's and future air defense systems and missile defense systems".

China has successfully tested the advanced S-400 air defence system imported from Russian Federation for which India also signed-up recently despite concerns over threat of sanctions from the US.

A 2019 deployment schedule would put Russian Federation ahead of China and the U.S.in the hypersonic, nuclear-capable boost-glider arms race.

He emphasised that no other country now has hypersonic weapons.

Russian Federation says the S-400 is a cutting-edge air defence system that can detect and shoot down targets including ballistic missiles, enemy jets and drones up to 600 kilometre away at an altitude between 10 metres and 27 kilometres.

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