Russia again successfully tests ship-based hypersonic missile — which will likely be ready for combat by 2022

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony to bestow state awards on military personnel who fought in Syria, at the Kremlin in Moscow on December 28, 2017. (Kirill Kudryavtsev | AFP | Getty Images)

 

  • Russia has successfully tested a ship-based hypersonic missile the United States is currently unable to defend against, according to people with direct knowledge of U.S. intelligence reports.
  • The weapon is expected to join Moscow’s arsenal by 2022.
  • The latest development gives the U.S. even more ground to make up as Russia and China bolster their arsenals with hypersonic weapons at a breakneck pace.

WASHINGTON — Russia has conducted another successful test of its ship-based hypersonic missile, a weapon the United States is currently unable to defend against, according to two people with direct knowledge of a U.S. intelligence report. Continue reading

Russia Tests Hypersonic Glide Vehicle on Missile

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Artist’s concept drawing of the Yu-71

 

High-speed weapon to match U.S. prompt strike weapons

Russia conducted a flight test of a revolutionary hypersonic glide vehicle last week that will deliver nuclear or conventional warheads through advanced missile defenses, U.S. defense officials said.

The test firing of the hypersonic glider took place Tuesday and involved the launch of an SS-19 intercontinental ballistic missile from eastern Russia, said officials familiar with details of the test. Continue reading

Russia’s hypersonic Zircon missile to go into serial production in 2018 — source

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Pyotr Veliky nuclear-powered missile cruiser © Lev Fedoseev/ITAR-TASS

 

MOSCOW, April 19. /TASS/. Russia’s cutting-edge hypersonic missile Tsirkon (Zircon), which is now undergoing state tests is expected to go into serial production in 2018, a source in the Russian military-industrial complex told TASS on Tuesday.

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