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Russia: US treaty withdrawal forced Russia to begin work on hypersonic weapons - Putin01:38

Russia: US treaty withdrawal forced Russia to begin work on hypersonic weapons - Putin

Russian Federation, Novo-Ogaryovo
September 19, 2020 at 12:43 GMT -00:00 · Published

The 2002 US withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty forced Russia to “start developing hypersonic weapons,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a remote meeting with honourary general designer of the Tactical Missiles Corporation (JSC), Herbert Efremov, from Novo-Ogaryovo on Saturday.

Since 1972 the treaty had restricted the use of missile defence systems. The Bush administration's 2002 withdrawal from the agreement led to its demise.

"We had to create these [hypersonic] weapons in response to the deployment of the US national missile defence that might have been able to destroy our nuclear potential in the future," Putin stated.

During the meeting, Putin also mentioned the newly created ‘Avangard’ system, calling it not ‘just a new system’ but a ‘new type of strategic weapon.’

"I’d like to especially mention the ‘Avangard’ system with a manoeuvring hypersonic unit, which moves at 27 times the speed of sound, changing direction in height, and horizontally. The ‘Avangard’ is not just a new system, it is a new type of strategic weapon," the Russian president said.

"For the first time in our modern history, Russia has the most modern types of weapons that are much more powerful, speedy, which is also important, and accurate when compared to all previously existing weapons. No one in the world has such weapons, at least not yet," Putin concluded.

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The 2002 US withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty forced Russia to “start developing hypersonic weapons,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a remote meeting with honourary general designer of the Tactical Missiles Corporation (JSC), Herbert Efremov, from Novo-Ogaryovo on Saturday.

Since 1972 the treaty had restricted the use of missile defence systems. The Bush administration's 2002 withdrawal from the agreement led to its demise.

"We had to create these [hypersonic] weapons in response to the deployment of the US national missile defence that might have been able to destroy our nuclear potential in the future," Putin stated.

During the meeting, Putin also mentioned the newly created ‘Avangard’ system, calling it not ‘just a new system’ but a ‘new type of strategic weapon.’

"I’d like to especially mention the ‘Avangard’ system with a manoeuvring hypersonic unit, which moves at 27 times the speed of sound, changing direction in height, and horizontally. The ‘Avangard’ is not just a new system, it is a new type of strategic weapon," the Russian president said.

"For the first time in our modern history, Russia has the most modern types of weapons that are much more powerful, speedy, which is also important, and accurate when compared to all previously existing weapons. No one in the world has such weapons, at least not yet," Putin concluded.

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