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    Russian Top Secret Hypersonic Glider Can Penetrate Any Missile Defense

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    Russia's new Yu-74 ultra-maneuverable hypersonic glide vehicles may become yet another response to the deployment of NATO's missile installations in Eastern Europe, according to analytical website Ostkraft.

    Going head to head with the United States and China, Russia has been developing its own hypersonic weapons during the past few years.

    A hypersonic weapon usually has a speed between 3,840 miles per hour (Mach 5) and 7,680 miles per hour (Mach 10). Furthermore, these systems use sophisticated technologies for maneuvering and boast allow the rapid delivery of warheads, precise targeting and survivability against wide range of missile defense systems.

    Last year Russia conducted a series of tests of the Yu-71 hypersonic attack aircraft. The Yu-71 is part of secret missile program codenamed "Project 4202." The glider was said to reach speeds of up to 7,000 miles per hour. Due to its outstanding maneuverability and high speed the system can overcome any defense shield, Ostkraft noted.

    But that is half the story. According to analytical website Ostkraft.ru, this year Russia successfully tested its experimental Yu-74 hypersonic glide vehicle. The Yu-74 was carried by the intercontinental-range RS-18A (NATO codename: SS-19 Stiletto) ballistic missile system. The glider was launched from the Dombarovsky missile base in the Orenburg region and hit a target located at Kura Missile Test Range in northern Kamchatka region, the Russian Far East.

    The Yu-74 system specification as well as the details of the test remains top secret. Reportedly, the gliders are developed to be loaded onto Russia's RS-28 Sarmat (SS-X-30 by NATO classification) — the state-of-the-art heavy liquid-propelled intercontinental ballistic missiles which are currently being developed for the Russian army.

    Designed to carry up to 24 nuclear-loaded Yu-74 gliders, each Sarmat ballistic missile will be able to hit any target located within a 6.2 thousand mile radius in one hour.

    Each Yu-74 glider can be equipped with a nuclear warhead, electronic warfare (EW) applications or false target simulators.

    "These features guarantee penetration of any existing and prospective missile defense system of a potential adversary. By adopting such systems Russia's Strategic Missile Forces will significantly increase their efficiency," the analytical website emphasizes.

    The website also calls attention to the fact that the project aimed at creating Russia's hypersonic air-launched cruise missiles has also entered its final phase. Reportedly, new hypersonic cruise missiles will be in many respects similar to the Yu-74. 

    Ostkraft underscores that the Yu-74 gliders would not only evade NATO's missile defense systems but will be also capable of penetrating through the US THAAD shield. It argues that while the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system is effective in intercepting outdated R-17 Elbrus tactical ballistic missiles, it is potentially vulnerable to the threat posed by advanced missile systems.

    The Russians are taking NATO's saber-rattling and muscle-flexing in Eastern Europe seriously, French journalist Victor Ayoli noted in his recent article for Agora Vox. Therefore, Moscow will do whatever it takes to secure Russia's borders  to prevent a repeat of the Wehrmacht's Operation Barbarossa invasion in 1941,the journalist stressed.

    "Russians are ordinary people. They are afraid of war and they really want to avoid it. The last one cost [the Soviets] more than twenty-eight million lives. But once lured into war, they fight it to the bitter end. This unique trait of the Russian national character the West has misunderstood countless times in the last 1,000 years," Ayoli emphasized.

    The Washington Free Beacon reported about the successful launch of Russia's hypersonic glider on April 22, citing an unnamed defense official.

    In his interview to the media outlet Mark Schneider, a former Pentagon strategic forces policymaker, noted that if the reports of the test are confirmed then it would be "a major threat development."

    "Russia has an extensive program underway on hypersonic vehicles. This year the Russian state media is reporting that a hypersonic cruise missile is being developed for Russian naval vessels including the '5th generation' Husky missile submarine that is now under development," he stressed.


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      Seriously, the west has nothing to match.
      Better to trade than to fight.
    • avatar
      To win a war one must willing to pull the trigger at the appropriate times. War is war, little at a time in hope your adversary would take it easy or back off rarely the case. Good that all sides have something to offer is the only way to preserve and balance peace on earth.
    • sucks that humans must do this for peace.
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      I often wonder if a war breaks out, would america and its surrogate nato defend the university in Warsaw, the railroads in Lithuana, the docks in estonia, the beaches of Romania, the capital of bulgaria, the wine-cellars in france, the windmills in the netherlands, the place de Octoberfest in germany etc or will it defend seattle, new york etc from the incoming missiles.
      A partnership works well when things are going good, but when the bullets start raining, Every Man For Himself And God For All.
      It will then be too late for europe which has dedicated its lands to become the arena for the eventual destruction of the original european races.
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      Does SPUTNIK's journalists and Moderator understand or what that it is stupid beyond reason to give to Russian weapon systems NATO code name. No one who is sympathising with Russia from abroad is calling SU-27 a Flanker but simply SU-27 and so on. Bloody hell it is time for you to learn what means being sold to west or being patriot. What do you mean who of us readers is interested how rats arses are giving their code names to Russian military hardware. Will you now for the fuck sake start to speak one of NATO languages just that they will understand you or you are going to stick with Russian. Ask Americans will they refer to their weapons differently than they named them just for your sake? Of course not because they are proud by being American, and you? Would you like to be American? If you answer yes than resign immediately go to USA speak against Russia and you will have well paid job. Decision is yours.
    • Terrain reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      That is if it brings peace!
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      What was unreal was the archaic comments on FB posts old stale rhetoric making out Russian technology is rubbish especially planes and missiles ugh!!! obviously not read a word on alternative media in the last year but end up commenting today??? how weird!

      One even quoted the opposite that occurred to make a false narrative? 'Defector flew Russian plane and commented it was a bucket of nuts and bolts' obviously Soros trained.
      Maybe that was WW1 they were all buckets literally.
    • FlorianGeyerin reply toivanwa88(Show commentHide comment)

      It is a sign that the Western leaders are worried that the cannon fodder will protest to stop the march for war. The Western leaders do not like it when their public are made aware that few of them will survive a war with Russia.

      Israel also needs to be made very aware that the 6 million myth will come to pass if their US poodles declare war on Russia.
    • in reply toivanwa88(Show commentHide comment)
      ivanwa88, i get that a lot on YT. American Sheeple love to defend their country by regurgitating what they heard, whether it's true or not. Just ask for more details and a better explanation to shut them up.
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      a time of interesting technical advances.
    • avatar
      All USA aircraft carriers sunk in an hour the projection of US power gone.Nobody will win W111,NATO's build up on the Russian border a waste of time and money but fills the pockets of the arms manufactures who are carrying out this scam through fear.
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      Checkmate: Russian hypersonic weapons rule out US-NATO naval assault
      June 12, 2016 -
      Valentin Vasilescu, Katehon -

      The US rules the globe, having a navy three times stronger than that of Russia. Moreover, the Pentagon has created a strategic command to deploy large units of land forces, consisting of hundreds of cargo ships of large capacity. All of these vessels are organized in very strong expeditionary naval groups and around aircraft carriers, amphibious landing ships, and naval convoys of troops and military equipment.

      With troops deployed in Europe and Asia, with the armies of allied states, the US can trigger an invasion of Russia. Therefore Russia's new military doctrine establishes that the biggest risk to Russia's security groups is the American expeditionary naval groups, which can transport invasion troops to the Russian border.

      Several types of anti-ballistic shield protect US naval expeditionary groups and zones of landing for troops from transport ships. The first is the naval system AEGIS armed with SM-3 block 1b mounted on US destroyers and cruisers AEGIS, plus anti-ballistic shields in Poland and one in Romania. The second is the mobile THAAD system of the US land forces, defending landing zones. Add to this the mobile long-range missile anti-aircraft batteries like Patriot with anti-ballistic capabilities against missiles that are in their final stage of the path, under an altitude of 35,000 m.

      The premise from which Russian experts started building hypersonic vehicles was that American antiballistic missiles cannot intercept any projectile flying in the mesosphere (at altitudes of 35.000- 80.000 m), and that Russia, unlike the US, owns a number of very powerful rocket engines. For example, the Pentagon and NASA cannot send satellites into orbit if Russia does not deliver the RD-180 rocket engines. Russia is on the verge of creating, starting in 2018, the surest antidote to this vulnerability by means of a hypersonic battle. Aerial vehicles are classified according to the airspeed as follows: subsonic (below the speed of 1,220 km/h, - Mach 1) supersonic (speeds between Mach 1 and Mach 5 - up to 6000 km/h), and hypersonic (with speeds between Mach 5 and Mach 10 – up to 12,000 km/h).

      Russian hypersonic weapons

      The main Russian hypersonic weapon are derived from space glider Yu-71 (Project 4202), which flew during tests at a speed of 6000-11200 km/h over a distance of 5,500 km at a cruising altitude below 80,000 m, receiving repeated pulses from a rocket engine to climb, execute maneuvers and cornering trajectory. It is estimated that the glider is armed with warheads that are spatially independent, with autonomous guidance systems similar to the air-ground missiles Kh-29 L/T and T Kh-25 (which provides a probable deviation of 2-6 m). Although it may take nuclear warheads, the space glider will be armed with conventional warheads and will be powered by a rocket launched normally from nuclear-powered Russian submarines.

      Another variant of the hypersonic weapon derived from the Yu-71 would be those launched from the Russian military transport aircraft Il-76MD-90A (II-476). Since 50% of the missile’s fuel is spent solely on take off and rising though the layers of extremely dense atmosphere of up to 10,000 m, mass launcher and glider space represents 50% of the rocket carrier used to launch from nuclear-powered submarines.

      The second type of weapon different from hypersonic spatial glider is the Zirkon 3M22 missile, which is launched from maritime patrol aircraft. Zirkon has a speed of Mach 6.2 (6500 km/h) at a cruising altitude of 30,000 m and a kinetic energy at impact with the target 50 times higher than existing air-ship and ship-to ship missiles.

      Hypersonic concept for a war

      The new Russian military doctrine states that an attack on the American invasion fleet is to be executed in three waves, three alignments, thus preventing American expeditionary naval groups from positioning themselves near the Russian coast of the Baltic Sea. The first wave of hypersonic weapons, consisting of space gliders arranged on Russian nuclear-powered submarines under immersion in the middle of the Atlantic, starts fighting US naval expeditionary groups as they start crossing the Atlantic to Europe. The American naval groups need 7-8 days to cross the Atlantic; the plane Il-76MD-90A has a maximum flight distance of 6300 km and can be powered in the air, reaching the middle of the Atlantic Ocean in a few hours.

      If the first wave does not destroy the targets, the second wave of hypersonic weapons will be launched on the US naval groups when they are located 1,000 km from the eastern shore of the Atlantic Ocean. The attack will be launched from the Russian submarines in the Barents Sea or Plesesk base of strategic missiles, located near the Arctic Circle and the White Sea.

      The third wave of hypersonic attack will be executed by missiles 3M22 Zirkon launched on American naval groups when they would be in the Skagerrak strait (crossing the North Sea to the Baltic Sea), on the assumption that NATO is attacking Russia through the Baltics. If the American expeditionary naval group head to the Black Sea, it will be hit by the third wave of hypersonic weapons in the Bosporus and Dardanelles straits.

      Thus, Poland, the Baltic States, and Romania – all NATO countries that use highly aggressive language and actions against Russia - should think better before triggering a military incident with Russia, since these countries rely only on military aid over the Atlantic Ocean, which might never come.
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      Russia is way ahead :)
    • Adrienne Adonis
      While The west has been so busy dicking around with the Russians via false media Intel to the masses , Putin was funding multiple hypersonic projects. Now the west can sit on the floor and play with themselves and make their own version of a hypersonic missile.
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