Vladimir Putin boasts his 15,345mph hypersonic missiles are ‘the absolute weapon’

Friday, June 8, 2018
By Paul Martin

RUSSIAN president Vladimir Putin has claimed a hypersonic missile system that can be launched at 20 times the speed of sound is already being used by his army.

By Joshua Nevett
8th June 2018

Putin hailed the powerful Kinzhal hypersonic missile system as “the absolute weapon” during his annual call-in show on Russian TV.

Talking up his military firepower, Putin said his armed forces were already using Kinzhal and had displayed its capability to launch the missiles at Mach 20 – equivalent to 15,345 mph.

A hypersonic glide-vehicle, dubbed the Avangard, that is “absolutely invulnerable for any missile defence system” will come into operation in 2019, Putin said.

The RS-28 Sarmat nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Putin claimed will render NATO defencess “useless” will be ready by 2020.

His comments echo his annual address in March, in which he claimed Russia had developed an “invincible” missile that can deliver a nuclear warhead at hypersonic speed.

“This is an absolute weapon, if we speak about the present day – over Mach 20 – twenty speeds of the sound,” he said during the four-hour TV appearance.

“I don’t think that such weapons will be developed in some other country in the coming years, although they will surely be developed someday.”

Putin said Russia’s army has “specially demonstrated the launches of this missile” and told anyone who doubts that to “watch” the videos.

The Russian leader said he started developing advanced hypersonic missile system in response to the US withdrawing from the ABM Treaty.

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