Russia must develop defense systems against hypersonic weapons before the “world’s leading countries” successfully develop the weapons, President of Russia, Vladimir Putin said Monday.
"So far only Russia has hypersonic weapons. But we also understand that the world’s leading countries will develop such weapons sooner or later," he said at a government meeting on the development of Russia’s defense sector, reports TASS.
"It means that we must develop means to protect ourselves from hypersonic weapons, before they are put on combat alert in the armies I have just mentioned," he stressed.
Putin officially unveiled the development of a nuclear-capable hypersonic arsenal in March 2018, when he devoted his annual State of the Nation address to showing off such weapons as the Kh-47M2 Kinzhal air-launched ballistic missile and the Avangard boost glide vehicle, a device that Russia planned to fit to its new RS-28 Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile, nicknamed "Satan 2" by the West, reports Newsweek.
Another submarine-launched hypersonic missile called 3M22 Tsirkon was confirmed by Putin in March of this year. Russia has also been developing new frigates capable of carrying a good number of hypersonic missiles.
All of these weapons have undergone various rounds of testing, and the Kinzhal was said to have already entered service with a number of Mikoyan MiG-31K interceptor and attack aircraft.
The president also said that since the US has decided to opt out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) in February, it is all the more important for Russia to develop active defences.
The INF Treaty was signed by the Soviet Union and the US in 1987, banning all nuclear-armed ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles that operate at ranges of between 500 and 5,500 kilometres.
Washington claims that Moscow violated some of the accord's provisions by testing the “Novator 9M729” ground-launched cruise missile. The range of the missile is estimated to be 2,500 kilometres.
According to a report by Sputnik, Russia invited the US to a demonstration of the missile in question to show that it's in full compliance with the INF Treaty, but the event was never attended by US representatives.
China has developed a new heat-resistant material for hypersonic aircraft capable of enduring over 3000 degree Celsius caused from friction within the Earth's atmosphere. The new material enables a hypersonic aircraft to fly at Mach 5-20 within the atmosphere for several hours, as the high heat resulting from the friction between the aircraft and the air reaches between 2,000- 3,000 degree Celsius
Russia is likely to launch its home-grown hypersonic rocket, Zircon, for the first time from a warship by the end of 2019. "At the end of this year, it is planned to begin testing the missile from the sea carrier, the lead frigate of project 22350, Admiral Gorshkov, which is part of the Northern Fleet,"
X-60A hypersonic research vehicle, developed by Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Aerospace Systems Directorate, High Speed Systems Division, in partnership with Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc., completed its Critical Design Review, a major milestone in the program
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has begun to solicit for new materials and technology to accelerate R&D of hypersonic air vehicles and platforms. “The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of high performance leading edges for hypersonic air platforms,” US Department of Defense said Monday
France has awarded a hypersonic glider demonstrator project to ArianeGroup, which will be conducted under overall project management by the French defence procurement agency, DGA, as announced by Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly on 21st January. The programme is designated V-max (véhicule manoeuvrant expérimental or experimental manoeuvring vehicle)
The first test launch of Russias land and sea attack hypersonic missile fired from frigate Admiral Gorshkov has been termed a success. The missile traveled at 9 times the speed of sound after launch from a frigate in the Barents Sea and hit a ground target in the test held in January, TASS said quoting two unnamed officials from the North-Western Federal District today
Russian vessels which are under development or undergoing upgrades, and the future vessels will be equipped with Paket-NK advanced torpedo defense system. "The Paket-NK system has completed its trials
Russias newly developed APR-3M air-launched anti-submarine warfare missile has completed trials and will soon enter into serial production. "The APR-3M has passed through all its trials, and we have mastered the serial manufacturing of the weapon
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