Russia has revealed that its vaunted hypersonic missile is now working, but it wasn’t clear to what degree as yet. The information was announced by Russia’s Ministry of Defense who said that the Avangard system is currently in use with its first regiment.
The hypersonic missile being in use means that Russia can strike any target around the world whenever with relative impunity.
According to detail, the weapon launches like a normal ballistic missile, but the re-entry vehicle glides into the atmosphere at a high speeds while staying extremely maneuverable at high altitudes. It’s almost impossible to stop making use of existing anti-missile systems.
The launch follows initial concerns that trouble finding carbon fiber may lead to Avangard missing its targeted 2019 debut.
Currently, it’s difficult to determined to what degree the missile is in use, the number of missiles that are really there, how fast could they be made to work and if they will really work as excellent as claimed.
US experts were giving the privileged to inspect the Avangard technology on November 26th under the terms of a 2010 nuclear arms treaty, but the US delegate didn’t state clearly if they see the weapon as a credible threat to shiver about. They also didn’t reveal if there are only a handful of missiles or there’s a protracted launch sequence. In all, the Russia’s hypersonic missile may simply not be as frightening as it appears.
That said, the claimed launch is loud enough to frighten other nations. Russia announced the launch of its Avangard when countries like Australia, China and the US are still developing their own hypersonic missile technology.
What Russia has done by being the first to launch could give it a bargaining chip with any nation that would challenge its options in any contest, a kind of ”do what we say or you end up having casualties in your country.” And the effect of such action could be other nations stepping up on their speed and effort to match or even do better than what Russia has done.