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Russia to acquire additional hypersonic, high-precision long-range weapons

Russia will acquire additional hypersonic, high-precision long-range weapon systems, the matter was discussed at the meeting held by Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu. 

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The procurement of more hypersonic, long-range weapons is the top priority of the Kremlin and is closely monitored by President Putin. According to Tass news agency. 

“The matter of development and commissioning of high-precision long-range weapons is under special monitoring by the President of the Russian Federation”, Defense Minister Shoygu said. “We must report on the progress in this field to the head of state in April.” 

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Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu further said, President Putin is highly concerned about the acquisition of these sophisticated weapons. The Defense Minister will report to the President on additional funding for the procurement and production of these weapon systems. 

“Additional procurement of hypersonic and high-precision long-range weapons was organized, based on the calculations of the Armed Forces General Staff, together with the Ministry of Industry and Trade.” Minister Sergey said. 

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He further added, “Today, we will discuss proposals on funding sources, as well as the condition of the production capabilities for the fulfillment of this task.” 

What is a Hypersonic Weapon? 

The missile is said to be hypersonic if it goes with the speed above Mach 5, a speed where dissociation of air begins to become significant and there exists a high temperature during the flight due to the dragging force of the air.

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Russia, China, and the United States race to build hypersonic weapons. India has also joined the elite club of countries having the ability to develop hypersonic missiles. 

Russian President Putin in 2018, promised a new generation of missiles” which includes Kinzhal ballistic missile, Avangard boost-glide vehicle, and Zircon anti-ship hypersonic cruise missile. Some of these missiles have already been deployed. 

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Russia has recently conducted a series of hypersonic missile tests. Such as the Russian Navy successfully test-fired a Zircon missile, striking a target 450 km away. 

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The Russian Zircon hypersonic cruise missile
The Russian Zircon hypersonic cruise missile is launched from the Admiral Groshkov frigate on Oct. 7, 2020, in the White Sea. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

Analysis:

Russia has already developed some of the most deadly hypersonic weapons. The weapon system that can reach long distances and no air defense system can destroy missiles moving at such speeds.

Russia is on a path to modernize its military by developing combat suits, military robots, and the most advanced hypersonic weapon systems and making serious efforts to take lead in the development and deployment of such weapons.

Sources:

  1. Article published in Tass news
  2. Article published in The Defense Post