Russian President Vladimir Putin Sunday said his country’s Navy vessels would be armed with hypersonic nuclear strike weapons and underwater nuclear drones, which, according to him, are in the final phase of testing.
According to a Reuters news report, Putin has often spoken of the new generation of Russian nuclear weapons, which he has called “unequalled” and had said can hit almost anywhere in the world.
ThePrint explains what hypersonic weapons are, how they are a game-changer in warfare, and which countries are working to acquire them.
What are hypersonic missiles?
Hypersonic missiles can travel at speeds faster than Mach 5 (five times the speed of sound) or 3,800 miles per hour, much faster than other ballistic and cruise missiles. They are highly manoeuvrable and do not follow a predictable arc as they travel.
They can deliver conventional or nuclear payloads within minutes.