Avangard Hypersonic missile system – UPSC Prelims

Avangard Hypersonic missile system:
  • The Avangard hypersonic missile system is a reentry body carried atop an existing ballistic missile which has the capability to manoeuvre.
  • It’s manoeuvring capability makes it difficult to predict its trajectory and gives it the ability to protect itself from the air and ballistic missile defences by delivering nuclear warheads to targets.
  • The missiles have a range of over 6,000 km, weigh approximately 2,000 kg and can withstand temperatures of over 2000 degree celsius.
  • The missiles can travel more than 20 times the speed of sound and put Russia ahead of other nations.
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