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Russia conducted a flight test of a revolutionary hypersonic glide vehicle last week that will deliver nuclear or conventional warheads through advanced missile defenses, U.S. defense officials said.The test firing of the hypersonic glider took place Tuesday and involved the launch of an SS-19 intercontinental ballistic missile from eastern Russia, said officials familiar with details of the test.

Russia’s state-run Interfax news agency confirmed the test on Thursday.

Hypersonic missiles are being developed to defeat increasingly sophisticated missile defenses. The weapons are designed for use in rapid, long-range strikes.

Interfax, quoting a source familiar with the Russian test, confirmed it involved a “prototype hypersonic aircraft” that will be deployed on current and future long-range missiles.

The test was carried out in the Orenberg region of Russia, located near the border with Kazakhstan.

The hypersonic glider was launched atop an SS-19 missile and the test was said to be successful, the news agency said.

Earlier, Russia’s Moskovsky Komsomolets reported that the new hypersonic glider was tested from a missile launched at the Dombarovsky missile base in Orenberg, where SS-18 missiles are deployed.

A defense official told the Washington Free Beacon preliminary indications were the test was successful. No details were provided on how fast the vehicle went or the distance it traveled.

Hypersonic speed is between Mach 5 and Mach 10, or 3,836 miles per hour to 7,673 miles per hour. Hypersonic weapons pose technological challenges for weapons developers because the speeds create high heat and pressure that make flight and precision targeting difficult.

Russia has made developing hypersonic weapons a high priority.

Gen. Valery Gerasimov, chief of the Russian general staff, stated in May 2013 that Moscow opposed further nuclear arms talks because of U.S. development of precision-guided hypersonic weapons that could be used in place of some nuclear weapons.

Gerasimov was referring to the X-37B space plane and other systems in development that could be used in what the Pentagon calls conventional Prompt Global Strike—weapons capable of hitting any target on earth within 30 minutes.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Rogozin has said that “whoever is first to achieve” mastery of hypersonic weapons would “overturn the principles” of how wars are waged. He also compared hypersonic weapons development as on par with development of nuclear arms. / [23.04.2016]
Armenian Genocide: It seems President Obama will end his tenure as he began it!
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