Putin oversees test of new hypersonic super rocket

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When first presenting the Avangard in March, the Russian leader said the new system has an intercontinental range and can fly in the atmosphere at 20 times the speed of sound, bypassing the enemy's missile defence.

President Vladimir Putin spoke of the "new type of strategic weapon" after overseeing what the Kremlin described as a pre-deployment test of the new system, which is called Avangard.

"This will reliably ensure the security of our state and of our people for decades to come". The threat posed by hypersonic technology (and current technology's inability to intercept them) has been a point of both great emphasis and concern within the American military apparatus in recent months, with billions allocated to contractors like Lockheed Martin in hopes of fielding hypersonic platforms of our own as Russia's and China's speed toward entering active service.

Pentagon has already been working on hypersonic missiles but has not achieved any solid outcome as yet.

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The United States is also working on hypersonic missiles, some of them launched from airplanes, although USA officials have warned in recent months that the efforts lag behind those of potential adversaries. The missile's payload separates after the booster's powered flight into the exoatmosphere; after that, the hypersonic glide vehicle descends and maneuvers in the upper atmosphere to its target.

'From next year, 2019, Russia's armed forces will get the new intercontinental strategic system Avangard. According to the Guardian, Trump's current national security adviser John Bolton, a longstanding opponent of arms control treaties, was pushing for us withdrawal from the treaty. "He says the Trump administration's plan to scrap a treaty on medium-range missiles could lead to a new arms race". President Trump also announced the US would exit the Cold War-era treaty that limits short- and intermediate-range nuclear weapons.

"The heads of state have agreed to meet again before the New Year to adopt pressing decisions", it said. In this image, Putin attends the plenary session of the 15th annual meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi, Russia, Oct. 18, 2018.