President Vladimir Putin boasted Russia has developed a new generation of hypersonic missiles in his state of the nation address on Thursday, warning global powers they must now reckon with Moscow’s military might.
The strongman, who is standing for a fourth Kremlin term in March, displayed a series of hi-tech video montages of weaponry manoeuvring across mountains and oceans, even heading over the Atlantic.
The president quoted a speech he gave back in 2004 saying that Russia would develop a new generation of weaponry, a promise that he said has now been fulfilled.
“No one really wanted to talk to us basically. No one listened to us then. Listen to us now,” Putin said, prompting a standing ovation from the audience of top officials including Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Putin showed tests of a new missile complex of a type that he said is not owned by any other country.
The hypersonic missile system can fly at 20 times the speed of sound and manoeuvre up and down, he said.
“This makes it absolutely invincible for any forms of air and missile defense,” he boasted, calling it an “ideal weapon”.
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