Russia’s hypersonic glide vehicle is nothing new under the sun as it has been reported on since at least 2006, but now as it’s quickly approaching the deployment phase the danger level is becoming serious — especially since China is working on its own version, the Wu-14.
- Since 2010, under ‘Project 4202’, Russia has stepped up its programme to develop a hypersonic glide vehicle that could eventually be capable of penetrating existing missile defences.
- If successful, the project could result in the deployment of a small number of glide-equipped and potentially nuclear-capable missiles by the end the decade, although significant technical challenges remain unsolved.
- Given the potential for such systems to circumvent existing arms control treaties, this programme has the potential to affect relations with the United States even while it is in the development phase.
A test launch from the Dombarovskiy missile division site in February 2015 suggests that Russia is actively pursuing the development of a hypersonic glide vehicle that could potentially expand the long-range strike capabilities of its Strategic Rocket Forces.
Full article: Russia tests hypersonic glide vehicle (IHS Jane’s 360)
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