As Russia Fields Avangard, U.S. Scrambles To Develop Counter

A new era of maneuvering, hypersonic weapons began when Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (left) notified President Vladimir Putin on Dec. 27 that the first Avangard regiment was ready to stand nuclear alert from southern Russia.
Credit: Russian Defense Ministry
As Russia fields an intercontinental-range missile with a nuclear-armed Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV), new details show the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is focused in the near term on developing a capability to intercept shorter-range threats. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu informed...
Steve Trimble

Steve covers military aviation, missiles and space for the Aviation Week Network, based in Washington DC.

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