On Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry, on instruction from Russian President Vladimir Putin, successfully test-fired the Avangard missile equipped with a hypersonic winged glider unit.
During the test, all tactical and technical data of the missile’s performance and capabilities were confirmed, hitting a target in Kamchatka at the Kura test site at the pre-determined time.
Vladimir Putin noted that lots of work had been carried out, and said the Avangard system would reliably ensure Russia's national security for decades to come.
“We now have the newest type of strategic weapons in the world and it will reliably ensure the defense of our state and our people for decades to come,” Putin said.
The program of flight tests of the missile of the Avangard system has been completed and makes it possible to put the system into service in time, the Kremlin’s press service said in a statement Wednesday.
“The flight test program has been completed, which allows the Avangard system to be put into service with the Strategic Missile Forces in due time,” the Kremlin said.
It said the capabilities of the tested winged glider unit make it possible to bypass the coverage areas of information and fire missile defenses, which allow it to effectively overcome all existing and prospective missile defense systems.