Russia Speeds-Up The Development Of Hypersonic Missile ‘Avangard’ That Cannot Be Intercepted By Any Missile Defense System
Russia is expediting the development of its Avangard hypersonic intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) which could pose a significant threat to the US. President Putin sees the development of the missile systems as an immediate priority, The EurAsian Times reported.
First mentioned by Putin in March of 2018, the Avangard HGV can be carried as MIRV (multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle) payloads by the UR-100UTTKh, R-36M2 and RS-28 Sarmat heavy ICBMs.
According to a BBC report, the first regiment of Avangard hypersonic missiles was put into service in December 2019. Considered one of Russia’s most advanced weapons, the Avangard can deliver both nuclear as well as conventional payloads.