Putin’s invincible missile will be ready by 2020
expanding hypersonic arsenal was ‘invincible’. The Avangard glide vehicle is designed to sit atop of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
Once launched, it uses aerodynamics to sail on top of the atmosphere. It is capable of making sharp twists and turns on its way to targets, making it ‘absolutely invulnerable to any missile defence system’.
Speaking to CNBC, the sources claim one intelligence report noted that during tests Avangard glide vehicles were mounted to Russian-made SS19 intercontinental ballistic missiles. One of the trial gliders featured a mock warhead, though it is still unknown if the weapons will carry explosives when they enter service.
The Russians are planning to conduct a fourth test sometime this summer. 'These kinds of boost glide vehicles attack the gaps in our missile defence system,' Thomas Karako, director of the Missile Defence Project at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, told CNBC.
An artist’s impression of how Avangard will dodge the most advanced defence systems.
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