Hypersonic Weapons: Russia Confidently Holds Leadership

Over the past year, the global geopolitical situation has changed very seriously. China and Russia are directly identified by Washington as the main threats to the United States. The INF Treaty ceased to exist, paving the way for the deployment of US nuclear missiles in Europe and Asia. The next step is the elimination of START-3, which, as it appears, President Trump does not intend to renew.

The international security system is collapsing right before our eyes. The officially unannounced arms race between the three militarily leading countries — the United States, the Russian Federation, and the PRC — has begun de facto. Since the domestic military doctrine does not have a pronounced aggressive character, the Russian Defense Ministry pays most attention to deterrence tools. Good news is that “something” in stock, which is extremely unpleasant for a potential adversary, we have.

We are talking about the now fashionable hypersonic weapons. At one time, Russian defenders turned to this direction “from poverty”, and unexpectedly for many, they advanced ahead. This is not propaganda, this fact is confirmed by the head of the Pentagon, Mike Esper:

A few years ago we took a break with regard to these of technologies. Then we were clearly in the lead. Now we are in the role of catching up.

What does Russia have “in the gland” that will appear soon, and will we be able to maintain the leading position in hypersound?


This is what is here and now. This hypersonic anti-ship missile is designed to replace the Granite. It is capable of hitting both land and sea targets, its flight range has been increased to 1 thousand or more kilometers. Speed ​​exceeds 8 Machs. Zircons can be launched from the same media as Caliber and Onyx. Now plans to create a ground-based version of a hypersonic missile, as well as increasing its flight speed over 10 Machs. This will allow Zircon to more easily “open” the existing and prospective missile defense of a potential adversary.


X-47M2 "Dagger" is "our everything" in the air. In fact, a rocket is a variation on the theme of the Iskander, which can be launched from an airplane. MiG-31BM fighters are now used as carriers. The upgraded aircraft is capable of receiving and sending one hypersonic missile into flight, each of which is a potential “killer of aircraft carriers”. In addition to the ships, up to the largest, the “Dagger” will hit, if necessary, and a stationary land object.

The Tu-22MZM long-range bomber will immediately receive four hypersonic missiles, with the prospect of equipping them with fifth-generation Su-57 fighters. Ammunition "Dagger" can also be nuclear. The flight speed of an aviation rocket of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation plans to increase even more, also over 10 Machs.


This is a hypersonic planning winged unit designed to overcome all existing and promising missile defense systems. This is achieved by maneuverability and incredible speed - over 20 Machs. Now this is definitely not a "cartoon". Just a couple of days ago, the first Avangard complex took up combat duty in the missile forces in the Orenburg region. Serial production of hypersonic blocks has begun.


Currently, the UR-100N, a fairly aged Soviet ICBM, is used as a carrier for the Avangard. In the near future they should be replaced by promising RS-28 Sarmat missiles. The new ICBM will be able to overcome missile defense along the most difficult trajectories, and its hypersonic maneuvering warheads will destroy all enemy targets by carrying out “orbital bombardment”. A nice bonus is that even the Sarmatians decommissioned from combat duty will be able to bring benefits by launching spacecraft into orbit. ICBMs should enter the troops as early as 2021.

The arsenal of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation and its potential is very impressive. However, it’s too early to relax. The US and China are breathing in the back, working on their own hypersound.

The Pentagon expects to receive the Lockheed Martin AGM-2022A ARRW hypersonic missile by 183. Its exact performance characteristics are not yet known, but, according to some reports, the speed of an American airborne hypersonic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead will reach 20 Machs. US Air Force B-52H strategic bombers will be able to hit targets anywhere in the world.

Also in washington thought and the most advanced means of hypersonic missile defense. So, the American defense agency DARPA introduced the promising missile defense system Glide Breaker, which, according to the idea, should hit both the “Daggers” and the “Vanguards”.

Now a lot will depend on how the technological level and production capabilities of Russia will correspond to its main competitors in the person of the USA and China in order to stay ahead.
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  2. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 31 December 2019 08: 39
    President Trump helped.
    They didn’t give all the money for rearmament, and here again - 3D videos with hyperweapons on Florida, about nuclear torpedo and nuclear missiles ...
    1. Aleksey Glotov Offline Aleksey Glotov
      Aleksey Glotov (alexey glotov) 31 December 2019 20: 22
      But it was not necessary to approach our borders ... helped - did not help, NATO stands at our western borders and something needs to be done against this threat.
      1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
        Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 1 January 2020 01: 40
        NATO has stood before.
        Just hooray media laugh, they have no tanks, and no planes, and aircraft carriers in the joke, and junk missiles ...

        There wouldn’t have been videos with warheads in Philadelphia - another 10 years would not have been realized ...
      2. Nikolaevich I Offline Nikolaevich I
        Nikolaevich I (Vladimir) 1 January 2020 08: 35
        Quote: Alekey Glotov
        But it was not necessary to approach our borders ... helped - did not help, NATO stands at our western borders

        So what? Has NATO removed from its western borders? Or how? It was necessary to develop the "wunderwafli" ... but it had to be done "on the sly", allowing "leaks" if necessary! Then NATO would be concerned, but there would be no serious reason to demand an increase in the military budget! Now what? Putin with his statements and "cartoons" so scared the US and EU members that the governments of these countries were in full readiness to pay the NATO military the required sums! And now they rushed to "catch up"! And they have enough resources for this! And now the Russian Federation will have to "run without stopping"! Is there enough "health" for that? It's unprofitable ... and to participate in the "arms race", and allow oligarchs to allow billions to be withdrawn offshore, and officials to steal "on a large scale"!
  3. Umsan Umsanov Offline Umsan Umsanov
    Umsan Umsanov (Umsan Umsanov) 6 January 2020 10: 05
    All these Zircons, Daggers, Vanguards will solve only the tactical auxiliary task, and the destroyed airways, headquarters, bunkers, depots will be restored quickly - in a couple of days.

    The issue will be decided by aviation, landing helicopters, air defense systems, the latest tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, MLRS, self-propelled guns, and infantry.

    New types of cruise missiles are used only to advance manpower deep into the enemy. Destruction of air defense air defense systems, oil storages, ammunition depots, satellite locators, airbases. Although all these destroyed goals can quickly replace and replenish.