Russia’s ‘invincible’ missile that can hit anywhere in the world will be ready to launch by 2020, US fears

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AMERICAN intelligence agents have said Russia has created an 'invincible' missile which will be ready to launch by 2020.

Agents have also said the US is currently unable to defend against the missile, reports have claimed.

 The US is currently unable to defend against the 'invincible' missile, a report has claimed The US is currently unable to defend against the 'invincible' missile, a report has claimed

Speaking anonymously to CNBC, US intelligence sources said Russia successfully tested the weapon which could carry a nuclear warhead twice in 2016.

The third known test of the device – called a hypersonic glide vehicle – was carried out in October 2017 but resulted in a failure when the platform crashed seconds before striking its target.

The hypersonic glide vehicle, called Avangard, is designed to sit on top of an intercontinental ballistic missile and once launched, it uses aerodynamic forces to sail on top of the atmosphere.

While it is unclear whether Avangard will be outfitted with explosives, "the precision and speed of the weapon is believed to pack enough force to obliterate targets", according to the broadcaster.

 Two successful tests of the hypersonic glide missiles have been carried out - but a third test failed, it has been reported Two successful tests of the hypersonic glide missiles have been carried out – but a third test failed, it has been reported

It's believed the weapon can travel at least five times the speed of sound, or about one mile per second.

Thomas Karako, director of the Missile Defence Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told CNBC: "These kinds of boost glide vehicles attack the gaps in our missile defence system.

"There's no time like the present to modify our current missile defence posture," Karako added, saying it was "unfortunate that we have let Russia come this far."

Sources also told CNBC that the Russian hypersonic glide vehicles are equipped with countermeasures that are able to defeat even the most advanced missile-defence systems.

 Avangard is designed to sit on top of an intercontinental ballistic missile and once launched, it uses aerodynamic forces to sail on top of the atmosphereEPA Avangard is designed to sit on top of an intercontinental ballistic missile and once launched, it uses aerodynamic forces to sail on top of the atmosphere  The weapon can travel at least five times the speed of sound, or about one mile per second The weapon can travel at least five times the speed of sound, or about one mile per second

The weapons are "also highly maneuverable and unpredictable", which makes them difficult to track.

According to the report, the intelligence reports calculate that Russia's hypersonic glide vehicles are likely to achieve initial operational capability by 2020, which would mean the Kremlin would surpass the US and China.

Previously, during a state-of-the-nation address in March, Putin boasted about the hypersonic nuclear weapons that he described as "invincible."

He claimed Avangard was capable of reaching targets at a speed of 20 times the speed of sound and strikes "like a fireball".

 Putin claimed Avangard was capable of reaching targets at a speed of 20 times the speed of sound and strikes “like a fireball"Getty – Contributor Putin claimed Avangard was capable of reaching targets at a speed of 20 times the speed of sound and strikes “like a fireball"

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