Now Putin readies his new hypersonic 20,000 mph Avangard ‘meteorite’ missile for combat in fourth day of nuclear threats to West
- Russia has showcased its new hypersonic missile in a new threat to the West
- Moscow claims that the West has no means of stopping this hypersonic missile
- They also claim it can strike any target in the world in less than 30 minutes
Russia today revealed chilling new footage of its ‘meteorite’ hypersonic missile Avangard being readied for combat in yet another nuclear threat to the West.
Footage shows the weapon – which is delivered to targets at 27 times the speed of sound – being installed in an underground launch silo in the Orenburg region, southwest Russia, near the Kazakhstan border.
The missile with a hypersonic glide vehicle is fired outside the earth’s atmosphere before striking any target in the world in less than 30 minutes, claims Moscow.
Like other Russian hypersonic missile systems, Vladimir Putin claims the West has no means to stop it.
Putin called the Avangard a ‘new type of strategic weapon’. Pictured undergoing testing in 2019
Putin, pictured this week, has previously claimed the Avangard strikes ‘like a meteorite’ and is ‘invincible’ – unstoppable by any defence system
Today’s emplacement of the 20,000mph (32,187kmh) Avangard beast follows three consecutive days in which Putin has showcased the deployment of new Yars nuclear missiles in Kaluga and Tver regions.
The Kremlin revealed Putin had spent all of Friday with his military commanders in discussions over the war in Ukraine.
The day saw the unleashing of dozens of missiles on Ukraine – many of which were successfully shot down by Kyiv’s air defences.
Putin demanded ideas from his commanders including General Sergei ‘Armageddon’ Surovikin – who is in overall command of the Russian offensive.
The president was accompanied by both defence minister Sergei Shoigu and chief of the general staff Valery Gerasimov, both of whom are rumoured to be sidelined in the war.
Footage shows the weapon – which is delivered to targets at 27 times the speed of sound – being installed in an underground launch silo in the Orenburg region, southwest Russia, near the Kazakhstan border
The Kremlin revealed Putin (centre) had spent all of Friday with his military commanders in discussions over the war in Ukraine
Russia has put a new deadly hypersonic Avangard missile system on combat duty capping a week of nuclear threats against the West
Putin said: ‘Comrade officers, we will hear from the commanders in each operational area today, and I would like to hear your suggestions on our immediate and medium–term actions.’
It is the first time in ten months Putin – who has yet to visit the frontline, unlike Volodymyr Zelensky – has shown close involvement in his high command.
It is the first known visit by Putin to the joint headquarters of the troops.
His visit comes amid new questions over his health with reports both that he is running short of missiles – and that he is preparing a New Year offensive to once again seek to grab Kyiv.
Putin has previously claimed the Avangard strikes ‘like a meteorite’ and is ‘invincible’ – unstoppable by any defence system.
Pictures show the Avangard test launch in 2019
Putin speaks with Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov (left) on Friday, who is rumoured to be sidelined in the war
He has boasted: ‘The Avangard is invulnerable to intercept by any existing and prospective missile defence means of the potential adversary.’
Pictures show its test launch in 2019.
He called it a ‘new type of strategic weapon’, first deployed in 2019.
This week showboating with Yars and Avangard missiles came as Russia today marks its annual Strategic Missile Forces Day.