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On Guard! Russian Missile Complex Rearms With Avangard HGV

According to open sources, the power of a single Avangard warhead ranges from 800 kilotons to two megatons, comparable to the explosion of about 130 Hiroshima bombs.

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(DEFENCE SECURITY ASIA) — The state-of-the-art missile system, ” Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV)” will soon completely replace the current armament of one of the missile formations in the Orenburg region.

A key Russian missile formation in Orenburg is undergoing a comprehensive rearmament with the state-of-the-art Avangard missiles, which will completely replace the unit’s outdated weapons, according to Moscow’s Defense Ministry.

All necessary preparatory works at the Yasnenskoye missile formation have been completed and ballistic missiles are reportedly being loaded into the shaft launchers by means of a special hydraulic mechanism.

The Defense Ministry said the planned replacement of the obsolete Rubezh intercontinental ballistic missile in 2022 would significantly increase the combat capabilities of Russia’s strategic nuclear forces.

The development of the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV) began in the Soviet era. However, progress on the complex was delayed. It was first put into combat duty in December 2019.

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The Avangard hypersonic missile complex is designed to neutralize the missile defense systems of potential adversaries.

 The complex features a hypersonic-guided warhead, and the missile itself can carry up to six nuclear warheads. According to open sources, the power of a single Avangard warhead ranges from 800 kilotons to two megatons, comparable to the explosion of about 130 Hiroshima bombs.

In modern combat operations, speed (whether on land or in the air) is often the signature attribute between victory and defeat.

The Avangard’s unparalleled velocity allows it to hit targets with break-neck speed precisely. This capability dramatically lowers reaction time for adversaries and renders traditional defense measures far less effective.

The Avangard missile system is a testament to the rapid advancements in aerial warfare technology in recent years.

Developed by Russia, this avant-garde weapon system represents a consequential leap forward in contemporary ballistic missiles.

This missile is represented by its revolutionary hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV), which allows it to travel at unprecedented velocity, far surpassing conventional ballistic missiles.

Furthermore, the Avangard HGV can carry several warheads, providing flexibility in its strategic application.

Its rapid deployment and unmatched speed make it an invaluable asset in offensive and defensive military plans.Avangard

The Avangard’s ability to elude enemy defenses and deliver payloads with pinpoint accuracy has reshaped the strategic landscape, prompting nations worldwide to reassess their defense postures and invest heavily in countermeasures.

Previously referred to as Project 4202, the Avangard is a traditional nuclear-capable, boost-glide vehicle that is transported into space as a multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle (MIRV) atop an existing intercontinental ballistic missile like the UR-100N UTTH or RS-18A (UR-100/SS-19 Stiletto), R-36M2, or RS-28 Sarmat.

After being released, it enters suborbital space and glides down to the atmosphere’s edge at meteoric velocity.

The Avangard is often portrayed as a delta-shaped vehicle, enveloped in a glowing plasma shield. Measuring about 5.4 meters, or nearly 18 feet, the Avangard is a sizeable vehicle and weighs roughly 2,000 kg.

According to media reports, the Avangard missile boasts an impressive maximum speed, ranging from 20 to 27 Mach (24,696 to 33,340 kilometers per hour) in dense layers of the atmosphere.

This versatile system is designed to carry nuclear and conventional payloads. However, its potential blast yield figures is estimated to range between 150 kilotons to two megatons (trinitrotoluene – TNT equivalent).

The Avangard missile’s unprecedented speed and maneuverability have profound implications for the landscape of strategic warfare, reshaping the dynamics of offense, defense, and deterrence.

According to Russian sources, the Avangard hypersonic boost-glide weapon is designed to eliminate missile defense installations and high-value targets like heavily fortified sites such as missile silos or military command centers. — Sputnik Globe

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