RS-18 (SS-19 Stiletto) intercontinental ballistic missile © Sergey Kazak / Sputnik
RT: Russia reportedly tests nuclear-capable hypersonic glider warhead
Russian strategic missile troops reportedly launched an RS-18 ballistic missile on Tuesday. The launch may have been a test of the advanced hypersonic glider warhead, which would be able to defeat US anti-missile systems.
The test was conducted at midday from a site near the town of Yasny, Orenburg region, in the southern Urals, and the warhead reached the Kura test range in Kamchatka in Russia’s Far East.
“The test was a success. The warhead was delivered to Kura field,” the Defense Ministry reported.
Popular defense blog MilitaryRussia.ru says the launch was meant to test Russia’s hypersonic glider warhead, currently known by its developer designation, ‘object 4202’, or Aeroballistic Hypersonic Warhead.
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Update: Russia fires its radical hypersonic 'super nuke' warhead: Prototype of mysterious 'object 4202' blasted off on top of a ballistic missile -- Daily Mail
WNU Editor: If this was a hypersonic test .... and a successful one at that .... it will raise alarm bells in the Pentagon.