The Russian Defense Ministry reports that the development of the sophisticated hypersonic missile system Avangard has been completed. It took place within the framework of the strengthening of the Russian national security.
Sputnik News reported on March 4th that Avangard has entered production. Sputnik News also quotes Russian military expert Alexei Leonkov who claims that the creation of the Avangard effectively rendered US missile defenses “useless.” Also quoted by Sputnik News, security analyst Mostafa Azrian added with systems like the Avangard and the Kinzhal provide Russia with a capability to strike a “devastating” counterblow to any would-be aggressor. However, Russian President Vladimir Putin reiterates that the new weaponry, such as the Avangard and the Kinzhal are of purely defensive nature and Russia has no plans of attacking anyone. Ria News reports that at the same time as Putin’s announcement, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov, who at that time was deputy minister of defense, said that the military department had signed a contract for the serial production of the first batch of “Avangards”. A continuation of which is July 19th’s announcement of the Ministry of Defense.
The military department repeated that the flight of the missiles passes at an altitude of several tens of kilometers in the dense layers of the atmosphere. In comparison, traditional intercontinental ballistic missiles fly to the target along a ballistic trajectory. The maximum speed that “Avangard” develops allegedly exceeds Mach 20. The unpredictability of the flight trajectory of the new system is achieved due to its ability to maneuver and bypass the Anti-Ballistic Missile zone.
Ria News reports that on Tuesday, July 17th, it was reported that Avangard will be upgraded with a heat-resistant titanium casing.
Preparations for the commissioning began together with the launch of serial production. Major-General Sergei Poroskun, deputy commander of the Strategic Missile Troops said regarding the matter: “In the position area of the Dombrovsky compound of the Strategic Missile Troops, measures are being taken to prepare infrastructure facilities for the operation of the Avangard missile system and to check its combat and operational characteristics, which will ensure the timely adoption of the system for arming.”
Ria News reports that, in June, President Putin called the system “an absolute weapon,” which will not have any equal in the near future in any country. He also repeated that Moscow began its development as a response to the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the treaty on missile defense.