Putin has promised to “pleasantly surprise” countries with hypersonic weapons

Putin has promised to “pleasantly surprise” countries with hypersonic weapons

Russia is in a unique position because no one can shoot down hypersonic missiles now, Putin said. At the same time, it is ready to “pleasantly surprise” other countries in case they have such a weapon, he added.

Russia will be ready for the appearance of hypersonic weapons in other countries, said President Vladimir Putin.

“They will appear. But I think that we'll be able to pleasantly surprise our partners with the fact that when they have these weapons, we're very likely to have the means to combat these weapons,” Putin said.

Now no one can shoot down hypersonic missiles, as “the speed is such that it is impossible to take them,” he said. According to Putin, this is the “uniqueness of Russia's position” today.

In early March, Putin noted that the Russian hypersonic weapon allows maintaining a strategic balance in the world, due to which there were no major armed conflicts after World War II.

For the first time in Russia, Putin announced the development of the latest hypersonic weapons, in particular, the Sarmat and Avangard missile systems, nuclear-powered cruise missiles, and the Dagger Aircraft Missile System, in his March 2018 message to the Federal Assembly. However, the Pentagon called U.S. protection from Russian hypersonic weapons undeniable at the time.

“Our deterrent capability remains undisputed, unconditional, and capable of dominating and responding to any threat,” said U.S. Army Strategic Command Commander General John Heathen. The strategy voiced by the Russian leader, then U.S. Secretary of Defense Mike Mattis called “an arms race with yourself.

In February, the Pentagon announced plans to begin testing hypersonic weapons in 2020. In particular, the U.S. decided to install such weapons on its submarines.

In mid-May, U.S. President Donald Trump announced the development of a “super-duper rocket”. According to him, it will be 17 times faster than the existing ones and will be able to hit the target at a distance of 1.6 thousand kilometers with a maximum deviation of 35.5 cm from a given point.

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