RUSSIA’S new hypersonic missile system is ready to enter service in 2019, according to Vladimir Putin.
The Russian leader, who has declared the Avangard system “invulnerable” to US defences, announced its imminent deployment after its finals tests. The trials took place in the Russia’s far eastern region at the Kura Missile Test range and were deemed a “complete success”. He said: “On my instructions the industrial enterprises and the Defense Ministry have prepared for and carried out the final test of this system.
“Starting from next year, a new intercontinental strategic system Avangard will enter service in the Russian army and the first regiment in the Strategic Missile Troops will be deployed.
“It’s a big moment in the life of the armed forces and in the life of the country. Russia has obtained a new type of strategic weapon.