RUSSIA - Hypersonic Missiles Deployed

Arno Froese

Russia’s first regiment of Avangard hypersonic missiles has been put into service, the defense ministry says.

President Vladimir Putin has said the nuclear-capable missiles can travel more than 20 times the speed of sound and put Russia ahead of other nations.

They have a “glide system” that affords great maneuverability and could make them impossible to defend against.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu confirmed the “Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle entered service at 10:00 Moscow time on 27 December,” calling it a “landmark event.”

Mr. Putin said the Avangard system could penetrate current and future missile defense systems, adding: “Not a single country possesses hypersonic weapons, let alone continental-range hypersonic weapons.”

Hypersonic missiles, as their name implies, fly very fast, at above Mach 5—i.e. at least five times the speed of sound. 

They can be cruise-type missiles, powered throughout their flight. Or, they can be carried aloft on board a ballistic missile from which the hypersonic “glide vehicle” separates and then flies to its target.

It is not so much the speed of the hypersonic weapon alone that counts. It is its extraordinary maneuverability as it glides towards its target. 

This poses a huge problem for existing anti-missile defense systems. 

Indeed the glide vehicle’s trajectory, “surfing along the edge of the atmosphere” as one expert put it to me recently, presents any defensive system with additional problems. 

Thus, if Russia’s claims are true, it has developed a long-range intercontinental missile system that may well be impossible to defend against.

-www.bbc.com, 27 December 2019

Arno's commentary

The nuclear arms race seems to be on again. With this dangerous weapon, anti-missile missile systems seem to be out-maneuvered. But that’s not the end, because other nations will also develop destructive weapons, with the clear intention to protect from an Avangard Hypersonic Missile. Here we are reminded of the words of the prophet Joel: “Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong” (Joel 3:9-10).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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