Putin’s in­vin­ci­ble mis­sile will be ready by 2020

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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.

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An artist’s im­pres­sion of how Avan­gard will dodge the most ad­vanced defence sys­tems.

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