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Complexes "Avant-garde" with a hypersonic unit will stand on combat duty in 2019


DEC 16, 5:01 PMUpdated 17:13

MOSCOW, December 17th. / TASS /. The first Avangard missile systems with a hypersonic block will take up combat duty in 2019 in the Dombarovsky unit (Orenburg Region). This was announced in an interview with the newspaper of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation "Krasnaya Zvezda" by thecommander of the Strategic Missile Forces (RVSN) Sergey Karakaev.

"The first samples will be put on alert in the Dombarovsky rocket regiment next year," said the commander. The general added that the novelty and complexity of the new technology will not be an obstacle to the successful launch of the complex on combat duty.

Karakayev noted that with the adoption of Avangard into service, the group’s combat capabilities will be substantially increased, primarily in overcoming the missile defense system and defeating important point targets. He recalled that the NPO Mashinostroeniya has already begun to create serial samples of Avangard missiles.

As a source in the military-industrial complex told TASS at the end of October, the directive deadline for putting the Avangard main regiment on combat duty is the end of 2019. Initially, according to the source, the regiment will consist of at least two complexes, but subsequently their number will increase to the regular number - six.

For the first time, President Vladimir Putin told in his message to the Federal Assembly about the creation of the hypersonic Avangard on March 1. A little later, during the "Direct Line" on June 7, 2018, the head of state said that "the system ... is already in industrial production and in 2019 we plan to place it in the Armed Forces." Initially, the carrier of the strategic hypersonic weapon will be the UR-100N UTTH rocket, subsequently - the newest heavy rocket "Sarmat".

In Russia, Monday marks the Day of the Strategic Missile Forces.


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