- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday his army would deploy a new hypersonic nuclear-capable missile system next year, upping the ante in a high-tech arms race with the U.S.

Mr. Putin made the announcement at a Kremlin meeting following tests of the hypersonic system known as Avangard.

“The test was completely successful: all technical parameters were verified,” Mr. Putin said, according to Russia’s state-run TASS news agency.

“Starting from next year, in 2019, a new intercontinental strategic system Avangard will enter service in the Russian army and the first regiment in the Strategic Missile Troops will be deployed,” Mr. Putin said.

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

Hypersonic warheads travel faster than traditional ballistic missiles. They reach speeds of Mach 5 or five times the speed of sound, about one mile per second.


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