MOSCOW ($1=60.85 Russian Rubles) — The Ministry of Protection of the Russian Federation re-armed missile troops with Avangard hypersonic missile programs. It’s in regards to the military of the Central Army District of the Russian Federation, Orenburg Area within the Volga Federal District. The Ministry of Protection confirmed the information in an announcement.

Russia's Orenburg missile troops rearm with hypersonic Avangard
Photograph credit score: Russian MoD

Based on the Russian Ministry, the ensuing complicated is of the silo launcher sort. That is the following regiment of missile troops to obtain this missile system. Nevertheless, it isn’t clear from the ministry’s announcement whether or not that is the primary regiment within the Orenburg area.

Instantly after the supply of the Avangard, the system was introduced into full fight readiness, says Russian media Izvestia. The system has taken fight responsibility, provides Izvestiya. The standard assertion from the Russian ministry additionally states that with the brand new hypersonic missile, Russian troops are rising their fight functionality. The strategic nuclear forces have additionally elevated their fight functionality when performing strategic deterrence duties, the ministry added.

New hypersonic missile

Sergey Karakaev, Commander of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces introduced that Russia is at the moment growing a brand new hypersonic missile system. It would substitute Vanguard sooner or later when the US “finds a approach to counter them,” the commander says.

Avangard is a Russian hypersonic glide automobile [HGV]. It’s a Russian-designed missile system, one of many few weapon programs not related to outdated Soviet designs. It was developed on the finish of this decade, and in 2019 the primary operationally prepared Avangard system was delivered to the Russian missile forces.

Right now, the traits of the Vanguard system are nonetheless within the realm of hypothesis. The missile flew at speeds between Mach 20 and Mach 27, Russia mentioned. Based on some, the warhead carried by the Vanguard was over 2 megatons of TNT. Correlating the ratio of velocity to weight [which is 2,000 kg] it’s assumed that the kinetic power of the rocket is equal to 17.5 tons of TNT.


The glider is alleged to be able to sharp horizontal and vertical flight actions. This means that the glider is able to maneuvering and avoiding anti-aircraft missiles in an interception try. Russian officers say it’s at the moment invulnerable to any recognized anti-aircraft missile system on the earth.

The Russia's Avangard Hypersonic Missile Systems Will Go on Experimental Combat Duty
Photograph credit score: MoD of Russian Federation

Nevertheless, there are counter-comments in regards to the Vanguard’s capabilities, particularly the missile’s capacity to evade anti-ship defenses. Based on Mr. Jeffrey Lewis, an arms management knowledgeable, specifically “gliding leads to slower speeds than conventional re-entry.”

In 2018, Mr. Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, introduced that Russia has three hypersonic weapons. Along with Avangard, this class consists of Dagger air-to-surface cruise missiles and Tsircon [or Zircon] anti-ship missiles. For the reason that begin of the warfare, Russia has been most strongly alleged to have used a number of Kinzhal [Dagger in English] missiles on Ukrainian targets.


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