Russia successfully completed the test launch of it Hypersonic missile capable of travelling at 27 Mach i.e. nearly 3 km/s. Thus becoming the unstoppable missile system as it is impossible to intercept.
In Wednesday’s test, the weapon was launched from the Dombarovskiy missile base in the southern Ural Mountains. The official news agency of Russia said that Avangard system successfully hit a practice target on the Kura shooting range on Kamchatka, 6,000km away.
This was the last test of the missile before induction as it is most likely to enter service next year.
As per segel Ivanov, a former Russian Defence minister, the Avangard constantly changes it course which is unlikely for the ballistic missiles that follows a predictable trajectory allowing it to calculate the spot where they can be intercepted, but the Avangard chaotically zigzags on its path to its target, making it impossible to predict the weapon’s location.
The Avangard missile is designed using new composite material to withstand temperatures of up to 2,000 degree Celsius that come from a flight through the atmosphere at hypersonic speeds, said the Russian president Putin. He also emphasized that no other country currently has hypersonic weapons.
The hypersonic missile was among the array of new nuclear weapons that Putin presented in March, saying that the Russia had to develop them in response to the development of the US missile defence system that could erode Russia’s nuclear deterrent.