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Russia successfully tests Avangard hypersonic nuclear-capable missile system
Russian President Vladimir Putin on December 26, 2018 announced that Russia has successfully conducted the final tests of a new hypersonic nuclear weapon delivery system. He has dubbed it a guided “fireball” that is practically invisible.
According to the Russian President, Russia has a new type of strategic weapon, adding that the intercontinental “Avangard” system would be ready for use from 2019.
The system was launched from the Dombarovskiy missile base in the southern Ural Mountains.
It successfully hit a designated practice target on the Kura shooting range on Kamchatka, 6000 kilometres away.
The hypersonic missile could fly at 20 times the speed of sound and manoeuvre up and down, meaning that it could breach defence systems, he had said at the time.