Russia Tests New Hypersonic Missile Capable of Avoiding Anti-Missile Defense Systems

Prior to 2002, there was an Ani-Ballistic Missile Treaty between the United States, Russia and other countries.

In 2002, President George W. Bush pulled the United States out of the treaty.

Since that time, Russia has escalated their missile weapons programs.

On Wednesday, the day after some of the world celebrated Christmas, Vladimir Putin watched from the control center as scientists and military officials watched the test of the Avangard missile system.

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The Avangard missile is reported to be able to evade all of the current anti-missile defense systems, making it the perfect first-strike weapon.

New York Post – Putin oversees test of new hypersonic super rocket – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday presided over the testing of a new hypersonic rocket that would be able to evade anti-missile defense systems, calling it “an excellent New Year’s gift to the nation.”

Putin watched the launch of the Avangard missile system from the Defense Ministry’s control room with a group of top Russian military officials.

Introducing the Avangard in March, Putin said the intercontinental-range missile travels at 20 times the speed of sound, enabling it to bypass rivals’ missile defense systems…

In case you may not be familiar with the term hypersonic, it means that Russia’s new missile can travel between 5-10 times the speed of sound or 3,835-7,670 miles per hour (1.065 to 2.131 miles per second).

The distance from Kamchatka to Los Angeles is about 4,000 miles, meaning that a first strike hypersonic missile launched from Kamchatka could reach Los Angeles anywhere from 62 minutes to as little as 31 minutes.

Add this to Barack Obama’s 8-year campaign to dismantle as much of America’s military prowess including our nuclear arsenal, paints a very grim picture for America if Putin decided to strike.



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