Putin’s feared ‘meteorite’ missile installed in underground launch silo in new footage
'It goes at a goal like a meteorite, like a burning ball, like a fireball.'
Russia has loaded up a deadly hypersonic Avangard missile that travels 20,000mph.
The ‘meteorite’ nuclear-capable weapon is delivered to targets at 27 times the speed of sound and has been seen in new footage installed in an underground launch silo in Russia’s Orenburg region.
The missile is fired outside the earth’s atmosphere before striking multiple targets in the world – in less than 30 minutes.
Putin says the West has no means of stopping it and it is the only weapon of its kind in the world.
He said in 2018 as it was being developed: ‘It goes at a goal like a meteorite, like a burning ball, like a fireball.’
The Russian defence ministry said: ‘An intercontinental ballistic missile is loaded into a silo launcher using the hydraulic mechanism of a special transport-loading unit.
‘The most complex technological operations last for several hours.’
Putin previously said the missile strikes ‘like a meteorite’ and is ‘invincible’ – unstoppable by any defence system.
‘The Avangard is invulnerable to interception by any existing and prospective missile defence means of the potential adversary,’ he said.
The Yasnensky missile formation is also gradually being reequipped with the Avangard system.
The deployment will ‘increase the combat capabilities of Russia’s strategic nuclear forces’.
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