According to reports, Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a dire warning to the West about a hypersonic missile that can hit several global targets and also travel into space.
The nuclear-capable Avangard missile is shown being installed in a launch silo in the Orenburg area of Russia in a recent film. Its purported velocity is 27 times that of the speed of sound.
Moscow claims its hypersonic glide vehicle-equipped missile can reach any target on Earth in under 30 minutes after leaving the atmosphere at 20,000 miles per hour.
Putin, who just returned from a trip to China, said the West is helpless against Avangard. He has already stated that the Avangard, which assaults with the force of a meteorite, is unstoppable.
In a video released on November 16, a tanker is being used to transport the missile to the firing site, and when it has been carefully loaded onto the tanker, a line of armored vehicles takes it to a silo.
In 2018, Putin gave a detailed explanation of the claimed missile’s capabilities.
Putin explained how the gliding wing unit moves extensively, laterally to several thousand kilometers and vertically. This makes it impenetrable to any form of air or missile defense.
According to the creator, who employed cutting-edge composite materials to solve the problem of sustained, controlled flight of a gliding wing unit, the craft “goes toward a target like a meteorite, like a burning ball, like a fireball.”
Ukrainian intelligence reported the failure of two Russian tests of nuclear-capable missiles around the same time as new footage of the Avangard missile surfaced.
On November 1, Vladimir Putin’s army conducted a failed test of an RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile, the central part of the ground-based component of Russia’s strategic nuclear capability.
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s primary intelligence agency claims the missile veered off course during the previous command and control exercises. The RSM-56 Bulava ballistic missile’s vulnerability was shown again on 25 October 2023 when a test launch from a missile submarine failed.