Russia’s Avangard Hypersonic Glide Vehicle Enters Service

Russian military’s Avangard nuclear hypersonic glide vehicle entered combat service on Friday, RT reported citing Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu.

According to the report, the first regiment of UR-100N (SS-19 Stiletto) intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) armed with Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle is now operational.

Avangard (also called Objekt 4202, Yu-71 and Yu-74) is a hypersonic glide vehicle developed by the Russian Federation using a Scramjet (Supersonic Combustion Ramjet) engine.

The glide vehicle can be carried as an MIRV (Multiple Independently-targetable Reentry Vehicle) payload by UR-100UTTKh (SS-19 Stiletto), RS-26 Rubezh (SS-X-31) and RS-28 Sarmat (SS-X-30) superheavy intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) and can deliver both nuclear and conventional warheads.

Avangard reaches speed of Mach 20 and is capable of sharp high-speed evasive maneuvers in flight making it “absolutely invulnerable for any missile defense system”.

According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Avangard strikes “like a meteorite, like a fireball”. In March 2018, Russia announced that the missile entered series production.


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