Russiaâs defense ministry said the country has fielded its first hypersonic nuclear-capable missiles, Reuters reported Saturday.
Sergei Shoigu, Russiaâs defense minister, informed President Vladimir Putin of the deployment of the Avangard system, which has a hypersonic glide vehicle sitting on top of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
Putin said Avangard could penetrate current and future missile defense platforms. He previously said the countryâs new nuclear weapons can evade a U.S.-made missile shield and zero in on any target in the world.
The Department of Defense said in a statement it âwill not characterize the Russian claimsâ about the hypersonic weaponâs capabilities. A Congressional Research Service report issued in July says the U.S. has been working on hypersonic weapons since the early 2000s.