Putin has also stressed that Avangard is an intercontinental strategic system that will go into service with the Strategic Missile Forces.
Avangard has been developing since 2003. This is a strategic missile system with an intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a gliding hypersonic winged warhead.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation has conducted the first trial start of the missile system. Based on the results of the test, the Ministry stated that the gliding winged warhead can go through all existing missile defense systems.
Earlier, Trump speaking to reporters said the United States was withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty because Russia has violated it and did not provide a report.
‘Russia has violated the agreement. They have been violating it for many years,” Trump said after a rally in Elko, Nevada. “We’re not going to let them violate a nuclear agreement and do weapons and we’re not allowed to. We’re the ones that have stayed in the agreement and we’ve honored the agreement but Russia has not unfortunately honored the agreement so we’re going to terminate the agreement, we’re going to pull out,” the US president noted.
The agreement has constrained the U.S. from developing new weapons, but America will begin developing them unless Russia and China agree not to possess or develop the weapons, Trump said. China is not currently a party to the pact.
The Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles was signed in 1987 by General Secretary of the CPSU Central Committee Mikhail Gorbachev and US President Ronald Reagan.
The agreement prohibits the parties from manufacturing ground-based ballistic and cruise nuclear missiles with a range from 500 to 5,500 km, as well as their testing and deployment.