Official: Russian weapon 27 times faster than speed of sound

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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, fourth left, Russian President Vladimir Putin, fifth left, Chief of General Staff of Russia Valery Gerasimov, sixth left, and other top officials oversee the test launch of the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle from
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, fourth left, Russian President Vladimir Putin, fifth left, Chief of General Staff of Russia Valery Gerasimov, sixth left, and other top officials oversee the test launch of the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle from
"The Avangard has cost hundreds of times less than what the U.S. has spent on its missile defense," Ivanov said.

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's new strategic weapon has rendered any missile defenses useless at a small fraction of their cost, officials said Thursday.

The Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle flies 27 times faster than the speed of sound, making it impossible to intercept, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told Russian state television.

The new weapon "essentially makes missile defenses useless," he said.

Borisov spoke a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw what he described as the conclusive successful test of the Avangard and hailed it as a reliable guarantee of Russia's security for decades to come.

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