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FLASH: Putin Announces New Wunderwaffe – Sarmat ICBM, Avangard Hypersonic MaRV and Kinzhal Hypersonic ALCM

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The politics of this are decidedly modeled on the Fuhrer’s 1944 Wunderwaffe declarations, which says something about how the regime sees its situation.

  1. Sarmat ICBM – long-delayed liquid propellant replacement for obsolescent Ukrainian R-36M Voyevoda / SS-18 SATAN – supposedly brand new, but they may have expedited development by “borrowing” from the SS-18;
  2. Avangard hypersonic MaRV – long reported and speculated upon in media, including Russian media, no details disclosed;
  3. Kinzhal Hypersonic ALCM – carried by MiG-31BM FOXHOUND, the video footage of a test launch indicates this is almost certainly the long speculated upon air launch variant of the 3M22 Tsirkon / Zirkon (AKA Brahmos II) hypersonic SLCM reportedly deployed by the V-MF, as yet no Kh-XX series number disclosed.

Also claimed was a nuclear power plant for the Kh-101 CALCM-ski that multiplied its range several-fold.

So the main announcements that have mesmerised our not very bright mass media are three systems that have been the subject of long-running speculation in the Russian defence media, and the detail of the public disclosure does not indicate program status, although the claim of an operational Kinzhal is feasible given the claimed status of the naval variant.

Finally, Shoigu is claiming the Su-57s were flown to Syria, flown into the battlespace for testing, and flown back to Russia.

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