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Russia launching new hypersonic missile to carry nuclear warheads


Russia is test-flying a new hypersonic glide vehicle that follows the contrails of China's w 14. A delivery vehicle reportedly capable of carrying nuclear warheads at March 10 and less susceptible to US antiballistic countermeasures. Moscow has spent several years developing u71 hypersonic glide vehicle, hvg, which was first test flown in February according to this month's jane's intelligence review. It part of an ongoing escalated effort by the Kremlin to overcome US missile defenses known as a project 4202. A pentagon spokesman declined to respond to a Washington Times request to comment on the new Russian hgv. Unlike Moscow's bold strategic bomber flights that have repeated the American air defense identification zone. It is details about the u71 has been cloaked in secrecy. Reports indicate the first test flight was unsuccessful after it was launched atop an ss19 missile into space from the Dombrowski base in eastern Russia. Project 4202 could turn out of a limited number of glide vehicles armed with nuclear warheads by 2020. It up to 24 with new hypersonic payloads could be deployed at the Dunbar airbase between 2020 and 2025. The intelligence review said, reports indicate that by then Russia could potentially deploy a new ICBM that could carry the u71. A test launch from the Dombroski missile division site in February 2015 suggested that Russia is actively pursuing the development of a hypersonic glide vehicle that could potentially expand the long-range strike capabilities of it's strategic rocket forces. Jane's says, last year Russian Deputy prime Minister, Dimity Rogozin told state to run news that Moscow should prioritize manufacturing precision guided hypersonic arms and pushed Federation missile manufacturers to carry out rearmament efforts. Especially the tasks of mastering precision weapons in hypersonic technology. Hypersonic vehicles are more difficult to track than traditional ballista targets because they possess unpredictable maneuvarability and fly up to 7,000 miles per hour.

Moscow first began testing hypersonic weapons in the 1980s o respond to then president Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative. The US is now developing it's own hypersonic missile as part of it's conventional prompt Global Strike program. A non-nuclear weapon system capable of striking specific targets worldwide within minutes. But unlike the US hypersonic missile program, which will deliver conventional warheads. Russia appears to be considering the option of deploying it's hypersonic system in a nuclear. As well as conventional configuration, Jane's reports said, the report says the primary purpose is to development of a missile system that can effectively penetrate an existing missiles defense system. This will give Russia the ability to deliver a guaranteed small-scale strike against a target of choice if coupled with an ability to penetrate missile defenses. Moscow would also retain the option of launching a successful single missile attack. Jane's intelligence review said Moscow may plan to use it's hypersonic weapons as a pressure point in arms control talks with the United States to limit US missile defenses in it's prompt Global Strike program, which is designed to deliver a precision guided conventional weapons strike anywhere within the world within one hour. Prompt Global Strike vehicles are not limited by the 2010 New START arms treaty with Russia.

Washington's relationship with Moscow cooled off after the Russian Federation annexed the Crimea last year and continued arming of militant Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. Although details have been kept secret. Russian officials recently boasted the existence of the u71 to the Russian press, presumably to complete with China's recent announcement that it conducted a fourth test flight of it's u14 hgv earlier this month. Hypersonic flight was first used in world war II by Germany and later by US in it's developmental stages of rocket science. It has been achieved by both American and Russian space shuttle orbiters. The new north America x-15 rocket plane Apollo command module and rocket-power scramjet such as the NASA X 43.