Russian Defence Ministry released footage showing the first ever public test launch of Avangard hypersonic glider at the Dombarovsky air base in Orenburg Region on Wednesday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin watched the launch from Moscow together with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and other defence officials, commenting that “Avangard is invincible to current and future air defence and missile defence systems of a potential enemy.”
“Next year already, the Avangard system will be put into service. A regiment will be formed, which will start its combat duty. We will continue working according to plans, regarding both this unit and other future weapon systems for equipping the army and navy. This is a wonderful, great gift to the country for the New Year!” the president added.
According to the Kremlin’s official statement, the missile flew at hypersonic speed, performed vertical and horizontal manoeuvres and finally hit the hypothetical target in the Kura training area of Kamchatka Region.
The Avangard missile was announced by Putin on March 1, 2018, during his annual state of the nation address.
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