Putin said that he personally attended the first launch of the hypersonic Avangard

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At a video meeting with Herbert Efremov, honorary general designer of OAO VPK, NPO Mashinostroyenia, Russian President Vladimir Putin recalled how he personally attended the first test launch of the Avangard hypersonic combat unit from Plesetsk.

According to Putin, it was in June 2001, and then he personally supervised the launch of the first experimental gliding unit.

“And this launch was successful,” the head of state said.

Putin added that large-scale work to implement Efremov’s ideas was started in 2004, and in 2018 the final launch was carried out. In December last year, Putin emphasized, the first regiment of strategic missiles, equipped with the Avangard system, was put on alert.

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