Sunday, 17 June 2018

Putin assures that Avangard hypersonic missile system will enter service in 2019

Russia Insight

The Sarmat super-powerful missile will come into operation in 2020, according to Putin

MOSCOW, June 7. /TASS/. The Kinzhal hypersonic missile system and the laser combat complex are already in service with the Russian Armed Forces while the Avangard weapon will come into operation in 2019 and the Sarmat super-powerful missile in 2020, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said during his annual Q&A session on Thursday.

"The Kinzhal airborne hypersonic system is a hypersonic missile that flies at a speed of Mach 10 and it is already operational in our army in the Southern Federal District. If someone has come to have doubts about that, he should watch it: we specially demonstrated the launches of this missile," Putin said.

As the Russian leader stressed, Russia started developing breakthrough weapon systems in response to the US unilateral withdrawal from the ABM Treaty.

According to Putin, the Avangard is an intercontinental ballistic missile system that changes its course by its direction and its altitude.

"This is an absolute weapon, if we speak about the present day - over Mach 20 - twenty speeds of the sound. I don’t think that such weapons will be developed in some other country in the coming years, although they will surely be developed someday," the Russian president forecasted, stressing that he was not concerned over the possibility that analogs of this weapon could be created by other countries.

This article was published by TASS on June 07

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