Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday presided over the testing of a new hypersonic rocket that would be able to evade anti-missile defense systems, calling it "an excellent New Year's gift to the nation". After being launched on a ballistic missile, it is created to fly horizontally while bypassing the enemy's missile defense.
It was launched from southwest Russian Federation and successfully hit and destroyed a target 3,700 miles (5,954km) away in the country's far east, he said.
During the flight, the missile made maneuvers in vertical and horizontal directions, according to the anticipated drawn trajectory, said the same source.
"Starting from next year, in 2019, a new intercontinental strategic system Avangard will enter service in the Russian army and the first regiment in the Strategic Missile Troops will be deployed", Putin added.
Speaking yesterday, Mr Putin said the first regiment of the hypersonic missile meant Russian Federation now had a new type of strategic weapon. Russian Federation has obtained a new type of strategic weapon, ' he said.
Little is verifiably known about the glider that was successfully test-launched by Russian military on Wednesday - essentially completing trials. The Kremlin said it successfully hit a practice target on the Kura shooting range on Kamchatka, 6000 kilometres away.
Putin said in March that the Avangard has intercontinental ranges and can fly at 20 times the speed of sound.
"The Avangard gliding warhead is a re-entry vehicle created to perform erratic hypersonic manoeuvres to baffle defence systems", he said.
Putin announced an array of new weapons in March, including the Avangard, in one of his most bellicose speeches in years, saying they could hit nearly any point in the world and evade a US-built missile shield. It's a big moment in the life of the armed forces and in the life of the country.
Both the USA and China have been working on their own hypersonic glide vehicles.
Kofman wrote that even though the documentation Putin unveiled then proved nothing, there was no doubt that a real hypersonic boost-glide vehicle was being tested.