Russia's Avangard Test Heralds New Era Of Hypersonic Weapons

Despite low pay, backward infrastructure and deepening suspicions, Russian scientists helped test and deploy the first hypersonic glide vehicle in late 2019.
Credit: Kremlin Press Center
The successful Dec. 26 flight test of the Russian Avangard missile heralded the beginning of a new era of hypersonic weapons, as the U.S. military and industry sectors scramble to finish developing and fielding an offensive and defensive response within a few years, despite daunting technological...

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