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 and industrial hurdles.  In the days after the Avangard completed its final predeployment test launch, Russian media portrayed the introduction of the new weapon as a technological and ...


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