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Russia claims its new hypersonic weapon “Avangard” is in inventory

Russia claims its new hypersonic weapon “Avangard” is in inventory December 29, 2019

Russia’s defence minister Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Friday declared a new hypersonic weapon is in inventory.

Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces chief, Gen. Sergei Karakayev, added that Avangard was put on duty with a unit in the Orenburg region in the southern Ural Mountains.

Avangard can travel at least five times the speed of sound, or about one mile per second.

Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled Avangard in March 2018 and claimed that it was capable of reaching targets at 20 times the speed of sound and that it could strike “like a fireball.” He also said that the device had already entered serial production.

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