The hypersonic unit of the Russian Avangard intercontinental missile system has a speed of Mach 28 (the speed of sound). The data on December 22 are provided by the Russian Ministry of Defense.
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According to the Main Results of the Activities of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in 2012–2020, the Avangard hypersonic gliding winged units develop a speed of Mach 28, which is approximately 7.5 km per second.
On September 19, Russian President Vladimir Putin, during a conversation with the honorary general designer of 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.
Also, on September 23, Putin compared the ability of the Avangard hypersonic combat complex to withstand ultra-high temperatures during flight with the “popsicle effect.”
On September 20, a military expert of the National Interest magazine called the Avangard missile systems, with their maneuvering ability and hypersonic speed, a serious challenge for the United States.
The Russian Avangard intercontinental missile system is equipped with a maneuvering hypersonic unit. The hypersonic warhead is capable of accelerating up to 33 thousand km / h and is capable of flying in 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.