Watch Russia Successfully Test Its Newest Hypersonic Missile System

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Russia conducts successful test of Avangard hypersonic missile system

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday tracked final tests of a hypersonic missile dubbed "Avangard", which he says would defeat all existing missile defence systems.

"This is a great success and a great victory", Putin was quoted as saying after the launch, according to a Kremlin transcript.

In Wednesday's test, the weapon was launched from the Dombarovskiy missile base in the southern Ural Mountains.

When Putin unveiled the new weapon during his state of the nation address in March, he said the missile was highly maneuverable and flew at 20 times the speed of sound.

The presidents of Belarus and Russia, Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin, have chose to meet once again before the end of the year, the date will be coordinated later, Belarus-1 Television reported on Tuesday referring to Lukashenko's Spokesperson Natalya Eismont.

The Kremlin said it successfully hit a designated practice target on the Kura shooting range on Kamchatka, 3,700 miles away.

Putin announced an array of new weapons in March, including the Avangard, in one of his most bellicose speeches in years, saying they could hit nearly any point in the world and evade a US-built missile shield.

Yet Avangard-type platforms do enable Russian Federation and China (which is also actively developing its own hypersonic reentry vehicle system) to threaten the other areas.Over the next decade expect Moscow and Beijing to use their existing hypersonic technology to develop greater non-nuclear standoff strike capabilities against key US assets such as major military command headquarters or aircraft carriers. After being launched on a ballistic missile, it is created to fly horizontally while bypassing the enemy's missile defense. It's a big moment in the life of the armed forces and in the life of the country. "Russian Federation has obtained a new type of strategic weapon".

He further emphasized no other country had hypersonic weapons. USA officials also expressed concerns about the agency's efforts in developing the missiles falling far behind in comparison to potential adversaries.

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