The Russian strategic missile forces (Strategic Missile Forces) have already received four Avangard strategic missile systems. This is stated in the collection “The main results of the activities of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in 2012-2020.”
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The first regiment, armed with Avangard, took up combat duty in the Orenburg missile division in December 2019. How many complexes it includes was not officially reported.
In October, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the Orenburg missile division would prepare the infrastructure for the deployment of two more such missile systems by the end of the year.
“In the period from 2012 to 2020, five successful launches of an intercontinental ballistic missile with the Avangard hypersonic gliding cruise units were carried out,” RIA Novosti quotes the words from the collection.
The Ministry of Defense also published new data on the flight speed of the Avangard hypersonic unit, it accelerates to Mach 28 (speeds of sound), which is approximately 7.5 km per second.
In December 2019, the Ministry of Defense conducted a test launch of the Avangard, during which the possibility of developing a speed of Mach 27 – more than 30 thousand km / h was confirmed. In addition, the first video of the launch was released.