The Russian army launched the first Avangard-type hypersonic missile. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had the president Wladimir Putin The ministry announced that the missile regiment had been operational since 10 a.m. on Friday (8 a.m.CEST). In December 2018 it was announced that the first unit with these weapons would be deployed at Orenburg in the Urals.
Putin described the Avangard rockets as an “absolute weapon” in June 2018. The intercontinental ballistic missiles with a range of 4,000 kilometers were tested for the first time in December 2018. The government in Moscow stated that the airspeed was Mach 20, 20 times the speed of sound. Even a speed of Mach 27 should be possible – that would be more than 33,000 kilometers per hour.
Putin: advantage over other countries
Since the target and altitude can still be changed in flight, Putin described the type of missile as “practically invincible”. Putin added that he doesn’t think any country will have such a weapon in the coming years. “We already have it.”
According to Russian information, the Avangard missiles can break through any existing missile shield. In the coming year, the Russian armed forces are to be equipped with another type of weapon, which Putin has described as “invincible”. It is the fifth series of the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile.