Putin says Russia will be able to counter hypersonic weapons

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FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin participates in a videoconference with members of the Security Council at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, June 11, 2020. Sputnik / Alexei Nikolsky / Kremlin via REUTERS CAUTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia will soon be able to counter hypersonic weapons deployed by other countries, President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday, adding that Moscow is ahead of the United States in developing new types of weapons.

Hypersonic hover vehicles can follow an unpredictable trajectory and maneuver abruptly when approaching impact. They also follow a much flatter and lower trajectory than ballistic missiles.

Washington and Moscow have expanded their defense capabilities as some Cold War arms control agreements collapsed when Russia’s ties to the West deteriorated.

Last year, Russia deployed its first nuclear-capable hypersonic missiles, while the Pentagon aims to deploy hypersonic capabilities from the early to mid-2020s.

“It is very likely that we will have the means to combat hypersonic weapons when the main countries of the world have such weapons,” said Putin, quoted by the RIA news agency.

While Russia and the United States have roughly the same number of nuclear weapons, Putin said Moscow is ahead in advanced weapon development.

Report by Maria Kiselyova; Editing by Mark Potter and Alexander Smith

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