Russia successfully tests nuclear-capable hypersonic glider warhead

1 November 2016

Russia has successfully tested its advanced hypersonic glider warhead, also known as Object 4202, a media report said on Friday.

"It's the first, totally-completed test of the warhead capable of reaching the speed of 7 km/second on the maximum altitude," Xinhua news agency quoted Russian media as saying.

The warhead was fired on Tuesday from the Dombarovsky area in Russia's western Orenburg region to the Far Eastern Kamchatka's firing field of Kura.

According to the Russian media, the hypersonic warhead is designed to be installed to replace conventional warheads on promising intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Before entering the dense layers of the atmosphere, the warhead completes a composite manoeuvre so that missile defence facilities will not be able to intercept it, the media said.


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