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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday carried out a test new hyper-noise sliding vehicle declaring that the weapon can not be intercepted and will ensure Russia's safety for the next decades.
Speaking to Russia's military military after watching the live feed of the Avangard vehicle launch from the Ministry of Defense's control room, Putin said the successful test was a "great success" and "an outstanding New Year's gift to the nation."
The test comes before fierce tensions in Russia and the US Relations are at their lowest levels since the Cold War era over the conflict in Ukraine, the war in Syria and allegations of Russia's interference in the US presidential election Fallen in 201
Putin's Hope to Repair Relations with Washington under President Donald Trump has despaired of investigations into allegations of Trump's campaigning ties with Russia, and tensions have intensified as the US government has struck Russia with new waves of sanctions.
The Avangard was one of the new nuclear weapons that Putin proposed in March that Russia had to develop in response to the development of the US missile defense system, which could undermine Russia's nuclear deterrent.
In Wednesday's test, the gun was fired from the Dombarovskiy rocket base in the southern Ural Mountains. The Kremlin said he had successfully met a designated practice target on the 6,000 kilometer Kura shooting range in Kamchatka.
"The Avangard is invulnerable to intercept all potential and potential missile defense assets of the potential adversary." Putin said after the test, adding that next year the new weapon will be put into service with the strategic missile troops of the military.
When the Russian leader introduced Avangard for the first time in March, he said the new system had an intercontinental range and could fly in the Luftwaffe atmosphere at 20x the speed of sound and bypassing the enemy's missile defense.
He stresses that currently no other country has supersonic weapons.
Putin said Avangard is made from new composites that withstand temperatures of up to 2,000 degrees Celsius (3,632 degrees Fahrenheit) from a supersonic flight through the atmosphere.