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Tango0128 Dec 2018 10:24 p.m. PST

…than the speed of sound.

"Russia's new strategic weapon has rendered any missile defenses useless at a small fraction of their cost, officials said Thursday.

The Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle flies 27 times faster than the speed of sound, making it impossible to intercept, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told Russian state television.

The new weapon "essentially makes missile defenses useless," he said…."
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Lion in the Stars28 Dec 2018 11:15 p.m. PST

So, it's orbital speed. So are ICBMs.

Smells like marketing to me!

Balthazar Marduk28 Dec 2018 11:21 p.m. PST

Kind of impossible to maneuver at that velocity. An aircraft carrier would have to drop anchor and demand to be hit.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2018 9:37 a.m. PST

An aircraft carrier would have to drop anchor and demand to be hit.

With a nuclear payload you could probably miss by a little bit and still have an effect.

If you don't get the carrier, you can still spoil the day of the escorts….

Tango0129 Dec 2018 11:41 a.m. PST



Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2018 8:56 p.m. PST

Of course, these are probably the same Russian people that claimed they had developed a nuclear powered cruise missile with "unlimited" range, which immediately fell into the sea right after launching, since the developers warned those ordering the launch that it wasn't ready for prime time, so I remain dubious about their assertions until concrete proof is provided.

If I recall correctly, it needs about another decade or so of work, assuming things go according to plan, to make it operational.

Tango0131 Dec 2018 11:44 a.m. PST



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