MOSCOW – Hypersonic nuclear capable missile regiment deployed by Military in Russia.

Russia deployed its first regiment of hypersonic nuclear-capable missiles on Friday, the Defence Ministry said, a move which President Vladimir Putin has boasted puts his country in a class of its own.

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has informed Putin of the deployment, according to a ministry statement that did not disclose where the missiles were located.

The new system, called Avangard, comprises a hypersonic glide vehicle designed to sit atop an intercontinental ballistic missile, one of several new types of weapons Putin has touted as ahead of their time.

Putin has said Russia’s new generation of nuclear weapons can hit almost any point in the world and evade a U.S.-built missile shield. Some Western experts have questioned how advanced some of the weapons programmes are.

The Pentagon said in a statement that it “will not characterize the Russian claims” about the Avangard’s capabilities.

The United States has been developing hypersonic weapons since the early 2000s, according to a Congressional Research Service report published in July.

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