The age of hypersonic weapons has begun

DOMOBAROVSKIY MISSLE BASE, Russia – With a highly publicized test firing and pledge by President Vladimir Putin that it will soon be deployed to frontline units, Russia’s Avangard hypersonic weapon has officially gone from a secretive development program to an inevitability. The first weapon of its type to enter into active service, it’s capable of delivering a payload to any spot on the planet at speeds up to Mach 27 while remaining effectively unstoppable by conventional missile defense systems because of its incredible speed and enhanced maneuverability compared to traditional intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) reported Hackaday. 

Jan 8th, 2019
The age of hypersonic weapons has begun
The age of hypersonic weapons has begun
DOMOBAROVSKIY MISSLE BASE, Russia – With a highly publicized test firing and pledge by President Vladimir Putin that it will soon be deployed to frontline units, Russia’s Avangard hypersonic weapon has officially gone from a secretive development program to an inevitability. The first weapon of its type to enter into active service, it’s capable of delivering a payload to any spot on the planet at speeds up to Mach 27 while remaining effectively unstoppable by conventional missile defense systems because of its incredible speed and enhanced maneuverability compared to traditional intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) reported Hackaday.

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The Intelligent Aerospace take:

January 8, 2019-Russia claims to have its hypersonic weapon Avengard in serial production and ready to deploy this year. Hackaday's piece is a good primer for how hypersonic weapons work and how world powers like Russia, China, and the United States are approaching the new technology.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
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