Russia Becomes First Country with a Fully Operational Hypersonic Weapon That No Country Can Defend Against
8Demonstrated to US inspectors
The military has said that the Avanguard will be first mounted on Soviet-built RS18B intercontinental ballistic missiles, code-named SS-19 by NATO Once it becomes operational, it will also be fitted on the prospective Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile. The Avanguard was demonstrated to a team of US inspectors as part of a transparency initiative under the New Start nuclear arms treaty with the US. Previously the Russian military had already commissioned a smaller range of hypersonic weapons.
9The country has also develop smaller hypersonic weapons
The Kinzhal Dagger that is carried by MIG -31 fighter jets was commissioned into the Russian Air force last year. Putin revealed that the missile flies 10 times faster than the speed of sound and has a range of 2,000 kilometers. It can also carry a conventional warhead. It can strike both land targets and naval ships. The US has now also mulled new defence strategies in the light of new developments to counter hypersonic weapons developed by Russia and China.
10China also has a hypersonic weapon of a smaller stature
Not to be outdone, China also tested its own hypersonic glide vehicle that they say is capable of travelling at five times faster than the speed of sound. It displayed a weapon called the Dong Feng 17 or DF-17 at a military parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese state.
Now US officials are discussing putting layer of space sensors that can quickly detect enemy missiles especially hypersonic ones. The US administration also plans to study the idea of space interceptor bases to be able to strike incoming enemy missile in the first minutes of flight when their booster engines are still burning.
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The Pentagon has been working on developing hypersonic weapons in recent years and According to Defence Secretary Mark Espers, it is just a matter of years before the US has one. He has termed it a priority for the military to develop new long range fire capabilities.
With Russia becoming the first country to possess a hypersonic weapon, this sparks off another nuclear arms race for a new class of weapons and one wonders what next ideas will governments think or conceive with the potential to destroy the planet.