Russian President Vladimir Putin compared the ability of the Avangard hypersonic combat complex to withstand ultra-high temperatures during flight with the “popsicle effect.” The head of state announced this on Wednesday, September 23, during a meeting with representatives of the nuclear industry.
“I have just congratulated the gunsmiths and the creator of our new apparatus – the planning unit Avangard. I have already said this many times: the effect of popsicle – flies and melts. The temperature is under 2000 degrees, a little less than on the Sun, but keeps the material for the right time, ”the head of state said.
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Earlier, on September 20, a military expert of the National Interest magazine called the Avangard missile systems with their ability to maneuver and hypersonic speed a serious challenge for the United States.
On September 19, Putin, during a conversation with the honorary general designer of the JSC “MIC” NPO Mashinostroyenia “Herbert Efremov, said that Russia has the most modern weapons that other countries do not have. The head of state noted that in 2001 he personally attended the first test launch of the Avangard combat unit from the Plesetsk cosmodrome.
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.
On September 19, Putin pointed out that Russia was forced to create a weapon like Avangard due to US actions.
The Russian Avangard intercontinental missile system is equipped with a maneuvering hypersonic unit moving at a speed 27 times higher than the sound one. The hypersonic warhead is capable of accelerating to 33 thousand km / h. Able to fly in the dense layers of the atmosphere. The winged complex performs deep maneuvering while moving towards the target. The block deviates to the sides and in height by several thousand kilometers. The ability to maneuver makes it nearly impossible to predict its flight path. This ensures that the missile is invulnerable to air defense and ballistic missiles.
Since December 2019, the complex has been put into service.