Russia’s ‘US Missile Defense-Killing’ Hypersonic Rockets Arriving Soon

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A hypersonic missile design displayed at an exhibition staged by the Raduga Design Bureau. Image courtesy Sergey Mamontov and Sputnik.

 

Russian defense analyst Vladimir Tuchkov analyses Russian, Chinese and American developments in hypersonic weapons technology, including the expected timeframe for their deployment, which is sooner than you may expect.

Last week, Tactical Missile Systems Corporation general director Boris Obnosov told Russian media that he was confident that Russia would be introducing hypersonic missiles capable of speeds between Mach 6 and Mach 7 by the year 2020.

The director emphasized that such weapons would significantly weaken the potential of enemy missile defense. “It’s obvious that with such speeds – when missiles will be capable of flying through the atmosphere at speeds of 7-12 times the speed of sound, all [air] defense systems will be weakened considerably.” Continue reading

Russian Armed Forces to Adopt Hypersonic Missiles on Mass Scale

A Moskit supersonic anti-ship missile is launched from a missile boat during a training exercise for guard missile boats and artillery exercises held in the Sea of Japan.

 

The development of hypersonic missiles in Russia and the United States currently stands at the same level, the CEO of Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corporation believes.

MOSCOW, January 19 (Sputnik) — The Russian Armed Forces will receive hypersonic missiles on mass scale in about 15 to 25 years, with the first prototypes to be created by 2020, CEO of Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corporation Boris Obnosov said in an interview with the “Defense of Russia” magazine. Continue reading

Russia 5th generation fighter jet T-50 to have advanced weapons

MOSCOW, November 22. /TASS/. Advanced weapons will be produced for a Russian fifth generation fighter jet T-50 before the end of state trials, Director-General of Tactical Missiles corporation Boris Obnosov told Russian News Service radio on Saturday.

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Russia Will Build First Hypersonic Missile Before 2020

Russia will build its first hypersonic missile by 2020, according to local state media.

On Thursday Sputnik News Agency, RIA Novosti’s new international brand, cited a senior official at a state-owned Russian defense company as saying that Russia would build its first air-launched hypersonic missiles before 2020.

“In my estimation, the first hypersonic products should appear … in this decade — before 2020. We have approached this. We are talking about speeds of up to six to eight Mach. Achieving higher speeds is a long term perspective,” Sputnik quoted Boris Obnosov, general director of the Tactical Missile Systems Corporation, as saying on Thursday.

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