Russia is developing a hypersonic weapon program. It involves more than 60 companies and is scheduled for completion this summer. Launched in the former USSR, hypersonic weapon research was resumed in post-Soviet Russia in 2009 under the umbrella of the state-owned Tactical Missiles Corporation.
Hypersonic missiles can travel at a speed surpassing that of sound (1,200 km/h) by ten or more times and are capable of penetrating any missile defense, says Alexander Khramchikhin, deputy head of the Institute for Political and Military Analysis in Moscow.
“It’s an attack weapon, not an antiaircraft or anti-missile one. Its chief advantage is its velocity. If this weapon is made, its warheads will be impossible to detect. But thanks to its supersonic speed, this weapon possesses such kinetic energy that it may, in principle, carry no nuclear or conventional warheads but hit targets using its striking power.”
Full article: Russia pursues hypersonic weapon research (The Voice of Russia)