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New Russian weapon can travel 27 times the speed of sound


A new intercontinental weapon that can fly 27 times the speed of sound became operational Friday, Russia’s defense minister reported to President Vladimir Putin, bolstering the country’s nuclear strike capability.

Putin has described the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle as a technological breakthrough comparable to the 1957 Soviet launch of the first satellite. The new Russian weapon and a similar system being developed by China have troubled the United States, which has pondered defense strategies.
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The Duran: - Russia, Turkey, Serbia, Bulgaria celebrate Turkstream


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The Caspian Report: - What makes Russia and the United States rivals?


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Why China Wants Its Navy to Patrol the Atlantic Ocean


In yet another sign that a New Cold War is in the offing, more evidence is emerging that Beijing will indeed seek a global military footprint and will not be content to be a mere regional leader. With regular naval sorties going back more than a decade into the Indian Ocean, a new base in East Africa, and ever more common hints about possible future submarine deployments to the Arctic, this trend is not abrupt or unexpected.
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27x speed of sound is Medium Earth Orbit speed (~700 Km altitude), so it's either a ballistic missile which is nothing new.

If we're looking at low altitude flights (<10km) it would make for interesting control capabilities, as the plasma generated around a hypesonic object seems to block all radio signals going into/out of the plasma area. Shuttle reentry is an example, but as we're at low altitude the plasma would be much thicker.

This all begs the question... it may be fast, but is it effective for pin-point targets or just a large area weapon, and it could go off in any 'unknown' direction while in the plasma cocoon.

Surely the USA would have seen this thing being tested anyway ?
 
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The Duran: - War against Orthodox Church turns toward Serbia and Montenegro


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Pat Buchanan: - If Baghdad wants us out, Let's Go!


Perhaps, rather than sending troops into Iraq and Kuwait to defend U.S. troops already there, we should accede to the local nationalist demands, start bringing our troops home, and let Iranians, Iraqis, Libyans, Syrians, Yemenis and Afghans settle their quarrels.

Despite the rage in Iran over the killing of Soleimani, the political imperatives that existed before last Friday’s drone strike remain.

Iran does not want war with the United States. And Trump wants no war with Iran.
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Caspian Report:.....Geopolitics of Iran


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CaspianReport:..East Asia

▪Understanding the Chinese mindset


▪Geopolitics of Southeast Asia

▪China's quest to catch up with the West

▪How Korea split into north and south

Understanding the Japanese mindset

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Chinese Navy Commissions Asia’s Largest Missile Cruiser


The Chinese navy is now in possession of the largest missile destroyer in Asia and the second-largest in the world, following the commission of the Type 055 destroyer Nanchang on Sunday.

The Nanchang officially joined the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) in a Sunday ceremony in Shandong’s port city of Qingdao, Xinhua News Agency reported.The advanced warship completed its final testing last year and has been working with the fleet since it was launched in 2017.


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