Russia is the only nation that has hypersonic missiles, President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday, warning that the Russian army can destroy any existing anti-ballistic system or that can be installed by the United States in Europe or in another part of the world.
“This year, the United States has virtually destroyed the Treaty on Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF), which is why we need to monitor the possible installation of rocket systems in various parts of the world,” said Vladimir Putin, quoted by the Sputnik agency.
The Kremlin leader emphasized that Russia is the only country in the world that has hypersonic missiles. The first Avangard hypersonic missile unit will become operational this month, and Kinzhal hypersonic missiles, launched from MIG-31 aircraft, are in service with the Russian Army last year.
Vladimir Putin emphasized that Avangard missiles exceed 20 times the speed of sound, and Kinzhal ten times, capable of carrying conventional or nuclear warheads. “The Avangard system is a weapon of the future, capable of moving beyond both existing and future anti-ballistic systems,” said Vladimir Putin, according to the Associated Press.
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