Russia Will Deploy New Hypersonic Missile Systems In 2019, Putin Says

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That said, Russian President Vladimir Putin's newest missile system is created to grab American attention far more than it is to advance Russia's nuclear destructive capability, Washington Examiner reported.I note this in light of Russia's apparently successful Avangard hypersonic weapons test on Wednesday.

The new Avangard missile system is invincible for today's and future air defense systems and missile defense systems.

Putin said the Avangard is invulnerable to interception by any existing and prospective missile defense means of the potential adversary.

Despite having a mass in its start between 50 and 60 tons, the Avangard (RS-26) travels at a hypersonic speed with a maximum range of six thousand kilometers.

In March 2018, Putin announced the Avangard alongside other modernized Russian nuclear delivery systems, emphasizing that it was being pursued due to US pursuit of missile defense systems.

"The launch was performed by an operational unit of the Strategic Missile Forces from Dombarovsky missile deployment area against a hypothetical target at the Kura range, Kamchatka Territory", the Kremlin noted in a statement.

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In March, Putin said in his address to the Russian parliament that the missile is capable of intercontinental flights at a speed 20 times that the speed of sound.

The final test comes after U.S. president Donald Trump announced plans to pull out of a key Cold War-era nuclear weapons pact, the three-decade-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).

In March, he pledged to strengthen his country's nuclear arsenal in response to development of the USA missile defense system, which he said could compromise Russia's nuclear deterrent.

He noted that Russian Federation began to develop the Avangard after the USA withdrew from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2002 and started to develop defences against ballistic missiles.

"This is a major event in the life of the armed forces and, perhaps, in the life of the country", Putin told his cabinet ministers in televised remarks Wednesday.

The U.S. says Russian Federation was in violation of the INF agreement, because it developed and deployed a new cruise missile, an allegation Russian Federation has denied.

He emphasised that no other country now has hypersonic weapons.