Putin threatens the West with the hypersonic missile "Avangard": what is known about it
Russia has announced that it has loaded another Avangard intercontinental ballistic missile, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, into the launch silo. The first such missile, created "in response" to the development of new-generation US nuclear weapons, was loaded into the launch silo in 2019.
Thus, Russian President Vladimir Putin is once again threatening the West with a weapon that Russia calls "unparalleled in the world" and cannot be intercepted by "any air defense system." This is stated in The Sun's report.
The aggressor country claims that the Avangard reaches a speed almost 27 times faster than the speed of sound (32,187 km/h). The weapon goes beyond the Earth's atmosphere and falls from there, hitting anywhere in the world 30 minutes after launch.
Putin says Avangard strikes "like a meteorite" and is "invincible" - it cannot be stopped by any defense system.
The Russian Defense Ministry has published footage showing the Avangard being installed in an underground launch pit at the 31st Missile Army base in Russia's Orenburg region.
This missile was created in 2018 and first tested in 2019. "It flies to the target like a meteorite, like a fireball," the Kremlin leader said at the time.
He also said that the Avangard is invulnerable to interception by "any existing and prospective missile defense systems of a potential enemy."
Earlier, the Defense Ministry's Main Intelligence Directorate reported that numerous tests of Russian missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons had failed, which was a "shameful blow to the tyrant." The failed tests of the Yars and Bulava missiles may indicate serious problems with Moscow's nuclear weapons capabilities.
According to the Defense Ministry's Main Intelligence Directorate, on November 1, the Russian Federation "conducted an unsuccessful test of the RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile, which is the main element of the ground component of the Russian strategic nuclear forces." The missile "deviated from its course" - the same thing happened during a simulated exercise on October 25.
"Ukraine's accusations, which did not mention how or where the missile test failed, came amid speculation that Russia had deployed its giant Sarmat missile system with troops, despite having tested it only once. Known in the West as "Satan-2," the "unstoppable intercontinental missile system, which reaches speeds of 15,880 miles per hour, is the size of a 14-story apartment building," the newspaper writes.
According to Ukraine, it is an "incomplete, imperfect" missile, "devoid of any advantages in design, warhead, or methods of overcoming missile defense."
As reported by OBOZ.UA, earlier Russia conducted training for its strategic nuclear forces. The Russian Armed Forces launched ballistic and cruise missiles during a training exercise to practice a retaliatory strike in response to an enemy nuclear strike.