(sputniknews) Russian scientists are working on hypersonic aircraft that will be able to penetrate enemy missile defense, RIA Novosti wrote, citing Boris Satovsky, a project director at the military research agency Future Research Fund in Moscow.
According to media reports, this year Russia has twice tested a hypersonic glider meant to replace traditional warheads for new generations of intercontinental ballistic missiles, including the heavy Sarmat ICBM.
In an interview with RIA, military expert Boris Litovkin said that after entering the atmosphere the ultra-maneuverable hypersonic reentry vehicles are able to shift their targets in flight thus making them extremely hard to intercept.
The Future Research Fund was established in 2012 law to sponsor high-risk scientific research and development for defense-related studies, which could lead to breakthroughs in defense technology for Russia. The Fund is currently working on over fifty new maneuverable hypersonic ballistic glider projects in more than forty laboratories at Russia’s leading universities, scientific-research institutes and defense enterprises.
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