Vladimir Putin says Russia is developing an “unstoppable” nuclear cruise missile which cannot be intercepted by any anti-missile system on earth.
The newly developed intercontinental ballistic rocket with “unlimited range” was one of several unveiled by the Russian leader in his state of the nation address in Moscow.
They include a nuclear-powered cruise missile, a nuclear-powered underwater drone and new hypersonic missile which apparently have no equivalent.
Footage shown during his speech apparently showed the new “unstoppable” missile heading toward the United States as he promises to “neutralize” America’s missile defense, the New York Post reports.
“Russia remained a nuclear power but no one wanted to listen to us,” Putin, 65, told lawmakers. “Listen to us now.”
He said the hypersonic intercontinental rocket, known as the Avangard, is capable of traveling 20 times the speed of sound and strike “like a meteorite, like a fireball”.
“It’s like a fireball guided to its target,” said Putin, who also announced Russia was working on laser weapons systems.
The Russian leader, who has been in power since May 2012, said the missile’s appearance is being kept under wraps.
Putin also announced a web contest to name a new, high-speed underwater drone which carries nuclear warheads and can destroy aircraft carriers and coastal facilities.
The Russian military has dubbed the shadowy vessels autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), allegedly capable of deploying missiles with a power of 100-megatons.
Putin said the new weapons make NATO’s US-led missile defence “useless”, effectively ending Western efforts to “contain” Russia.
He said: “I want to tell all those who have fuelled the arms race over the last 15 years, sought to win unilateral advantages over Russia, introduced unlawful sanctions.
“All you wanted to impede with your policies have already happened… You have failed to contain Russia.”
Putin sensationally vowed to wage nuclear war on the United States if they attacked Russia, branding Donald Trump’s new nuclear doctrine “worrying”.
Putin today claimed Moscow’s operation in Syria showed Russia’s increased capabilities in the defence sector.
Putin told lawmakers the nation had restored its domestic air defence systems.
The strongman also vowed to cut the “unacceptable” poverty rate in half over the next six years, in a state of the nation address on Thursday.
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March 1st, 2018