With its withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty, the United States forced Russia to start developing the Molniya hypersonic weapon. This was announced on Saturday, September 19, by the Russian leader Vladimir Putin at a meeting with the general director and honorary general designer of the NPO Mashinostroyenia military-industrial complex, Herbert Efremov, via videoconference.
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“The withdrawal of the United States of America from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2002 forced Russia to start developing hypersonic weapons. We had to create these weapons in response to the US deployment of a strategic missile defense system, which in the future would be able to actually neutralize, nullify our entire nuclear potential, ”the Russian leader said.
Putin also added that thanks to Efremov and his colleagues, this did not happen.
According to the Russian leader, the work on the creation of this missile system can be compared with the implementation of the Soviet Union’s nuclear project by the outstanding Soviet scientists Igor Kurchatov and Sergei Korolev.
Avangard is a system with unique characteristics and technologies that are a scientific breakthrough comparable to the development of atomic energy and space exploration. Putin stressed that the country began developing hypersonic weapons in 2004 after the US withdrawn from the Treaty on the Limitation of Anti-Ballistic Missile Systems.
The day before, US President Donald Trump announced that Russia had created hypersonic weapons after receiving information about American technologies. He also accused the administration of ex-head of state Barack Obama for providing Moscow with data on American developments.
At the same time, the American leader stressed that the United States has a rocket that develops a much higher speed than the Russian one.
On September 11, Trump announced that the United States has weapons systems that neither Russia nor China knows about. He stressed that the United States possesses “the greatest weapon in the world.”