Russia’s Putin oversees test of hypersonic weapon

Published December 26, 2018, 8:28 PM

by Dhel Nazario, Jeffrey G. Damicog, and Rey G. Panaligan

By the Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says the Russian military has successfully tested a new hypersonic glide vehicle.

It said Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw the test launch of the Avangard vehicle from the Defense Ministry’s control room.

In Wednesday’ test, the weapon was launched from the Dombarovskiy missile base in the southern Ural Mountains. The Kremlin says it successfully hit a designated practice target on the Kura shooting range on Kamchatka, 6,000 kilometers (3,700 miles) away.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks on the phone with a teenager who visited a presidential plane to film its interiors in Luhansk, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik / Kremlin Pool Photo via AP / MANILA BULLETIN)
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks on the phone with a teenager who visited a presidential plane to film its interiors in Luhansk, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik / Kremlin Pool Photo via AP / MANILA BULLETIN)

Putin named the Avangard, which is among the array of new nuclear weapons that Putin presented in March, saying they can’t be intercepted.

Putin said the Avangard has an intercontinental range and can fly in the atmosphere at 20 times the speed of sound. He says “it heads to target like a meteorite, like a fireball.”

 
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