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The first regiment armed with complex “Avangard”, which includes Intercontinental ballistic missiles with hypersonic maneuvering warheads, will be put on combat duty before the end of 2019, reported TASS a source in the Russian defense-industrial complex.
“Policy period performances of the head of the regiment on combat duty — the end of 2019. Initially, the regiment will be at least two sets, but in the future their number will increase to staffing levels to six,” said the source.
He added that the current state armament programme provides for the deployment of up to 2027 two regiments with missile systems “avant-garde”. “The term deployed and put on combat duty two regiments consisting of six launchers each — 2027. For acquisition of these regiments in the state armaments Program included 12 missiles UR-100N utth, each of which will be equipped with hypersonic planning warheads”, — said the source.
Both regiments, according to the official statement of the defense Ministry, will be part of the red banner missile division deployed in the Orenburg region. However, according to the source, the decision to deploy only two regiments is not final, because “everything will depend on the [world] situation.”
The adoption of complex “vanguard” in service is expected, according to the source, at the end of 2018 — beginning of 2019. “In accordance with the established procedure, before adopting it is planned to perform a test launch of the carrier plan warhead — missiles UR-100N utth. However, considering the earlier conducted successful tests of the unit and the availability of reliable, long-established missiles such start may be not be”, — said the source.
In October, the American newspaper the Washington Free Beacon noted that the United States is able within a few months after his release from the Contract on liquidation of rockets of average and small range (the INF Treaty) to create a cruise missile ground-based medium-range. Russia is unlikely to respond to this any new weapons, unknown to the United States.
About “the Vanguard” said the President of Russia Vladimir Putin on March 1, 2018 in the message to the Federal Assembly. According to the head of the state, winged combat unit complex is able to fly at speeds 20 times the speed of sound, “he goes to the goal like a meteor like fireball, the temperature at the surface of the product 1600-2000 degrees Celsius”, and “winged block securely managed”.
In the same month, the defense Ministry announced a contract for the serial production of the first batch of systems “vanguard”.
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