Alexander Zemlianchichenko | Reuters
Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu at the Marines Day parade in St. Petersburg, Russia, July 30, 2017. Image from July 30, 2017.
WASHINGTON – Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday Moscow will use hypersonic weapons in the coming months, a significant step that would allow the Kremlin to surpass the US and China.
"I would like to say to all those who have fomented the arms race in the past 15 years to gain unilateral benefits Russia has introduced illegal sanctions to stem the development of our country: they have failed to contain Russia," Putin said the speech in March.
Of the six weapons that Putin debuted in March, CNBC has learned that two of them will be ready for war by 2020, sources with direct knowledge of US intelligence reports say.