According to the US intelligence agency, Russia has developed an ‘invincible’ missile that will be combat-ready by 2020.
The agents have also claimed that as of now the United States’ defence system will not be able to defend against such missile.
This shocking detail was given anonymously by a source based in United States’ intelligence. According to the source Russia has successfully tested the missile twice in 2016; Codenamed Avangard, the missile will be able to carry a nuclear warhead with the speed 20 times of the sound.
However, the third test of what is being referred to as ‘hypersonic glide vehicle’ was a failure as the platform crashed merely few seconds before hitting its target.
The hypersonic glide vehicle is manufactured to be set on top of an intercontinental ballistic missile and once activated, it uses aerodynamic force to sail above the atmosphere.
The report furthermore stated that it is unclear if the missile will be armed with the explosives, ‘the precision and speed of the weapon is believed to pack enough force to obliterate targets.’
Thomas Karako, director of the Missile Defence Project at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, said: ‘These kinds of boost glide vehicles attack the gaps in our missile defence system.’
‘There’s no time like the present to modify our current missile defence posture,’ Karako added, telling it was ‘unfortunate that we have let Russia come this far.’
The source also warned of the Russian hypersonic glide vehicles are armed with countermeasures that allow them to over-counter even the United States’ most advanced defensive technology.
These weapons are of top of the top and ‘also highly manoeuvrable and unpredictable’, which allow them to be almost indiscoverable.
The report states that the operational capability will be achieved in 2020, which means that Russia would surpass both of the huge powers i.e. China and the United States. It is also personified as ‘fireball’ and described as ‘invincible.’
‘I want to tell all those who have fuelled the arms race over the last 15 years, sought to win unilateral advantages over Russia, introduced unlawful sanctions aimed to contain our country’s development: You have failed to contain Russia,’ President Putin said, adding that the new capabilities were ‘not a bluff.’
In the past, Air Force General John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that: ‘Both Russia and China are aggressively pursuing hypersonic capabilities… We don’t have any defence that could deny the employment of such a weapon against us.’