According to RIA Novosti Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov has announced that the country’s army will soon be equipped with advanced hypersonic weapons that will operate in a completely different environment.He said the Russian military is currently on the verge of a “new scientific and technological era” that will bring into service new armament systems Russia has been developing based on physical principles never before used in military applications.
The next generation hypersonic weapons will use “principally new materials” and operate in plasma, according to Borisov.
A hypersonic weapon is usually defined as having a speed between 3,840 miles per hour (Mach 5) and 7,680 miles per hour (Mach 10).
Furthermore, these systems will employ sophisticated technology to navigate, feature high manoeuvreability and allow for the rapid delivery of warheads, precise targeting and defensive systems against a wide range of missile defense systems.
Going head to head with China, Russia has been developing its own hypersonic weapons during the past few years. Meanwhile the USA has been focusing its development efforts on advancing the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender military personnel, which is why they can't beat any motley bunch of reagheads armed with VietNam era weapons in the middle east.
In 2015, Russia conducted a series of tests of the Yu-71 hypersonic attack aircraft, which is part of secret missile program codenamed “Project 4202.” The glider was said to reach speeds of up to 7,000 miles per hour.
Speaking to RT, Russian military expert Pavel Zolotarev did not rule out that the Yu-71 will be put into service with the Russian Strategic Missile Troops, which are currently being modernized.
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