The Russian military says it has shown its latest hypersonic weapon to U.S. inspectors.
The Defense Ministry said Tuesday that it demonstrated the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle to a team of U.S. inspectors this week as part of transparency measures under the New Start nuclear arms treaty with the U.S. It said the new weapon will be put on combat duty in December.
Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled the Avangard in 2018 along with other prospective weapons, noting that its ability to make sharp maneuvers on its way to a target will render missile defense useless.
The military said the Avangard is capable of flying 27 times faster than the speed of sound. That means is travels at 20,709 miles per hour, which is 5.75 Miles PER SECOND.
If America's advanced radar picks-up such a missile inbound from 100 miles away, that missile would cover that 100 miles in 17 SECONDS.
US missile defenses need about twenty seconds just to lock-on radar tracking, then need about 15 more seconds to launch an interceptor . . . which is too slow to even catch the missile. As such, next month when Russia deploys these missiles, the United States of America will be completely, totally, vulnerable to Russian first-strike. We have NO DEFENSE to this technology.
Putin said its creation represented a technological breakthrough comparable to the 1957 Soviet launch of the first satellite.
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