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    December 26, 2018. Russian President Vladimir Putin watches the launch of the Avangard missile with hypersonic gliding cruise bloc at the National Defense Control Center via a video conference.

    Putin Wants to Personally Oversee How New Russian Complexes Put on Combat Alert

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that he decided to change the format of the meetings on the implementation of the state defence order and would personally control the way Russia’s new hypersonic missile systems, as well as the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missiles, are being put on alert.

    “We regularly hold meetings in Sochi on the implementation of the state defence order, every six months, with the participation of our military commanders …  and with the participation of industry representatives. Starting this year, I propose to somewhat change the format of our work … I want to see how the work on the production of Sarmat is going, and the preparation for putting it on combat alert," Putin said at the meeting with the Russian foreign and defence ministers.

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    The Russian president's comment comes after on 1 March last year Putin said during his annual address to the Russian upper house that Moscow had developed a number of strategic weapons, including Avangard and Kinzhal hypersonic missile systems, underwater drone Poseidon and laser weapon Peresvet.

    The leader also stressed that Russia had begun the active phase of testing Sarmat.

    After that, the Russian Defence Ministry released a video later that year of the launch of the Avangard hypersonic missile for the first time. Avangard missiles are capable of travelling intercontinental distances in dense layers of the atmosphere at speeds faster than Mach 20.

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    ballistic missile defense, Avangard, Kinzhal missile system, Sarmat ballistic missile, Vladimir Putin, Russia
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