俄罗斯“先锋”高超音速导弹正式服役(英文)

据spacedaily2019年12月29日报道,“先锋”(Avangard)是2018年初俄罗斯公布的六种新型防御系统之一,作为保持与美国和北约全球战略核平衡的手段。俄罗斯国防部长谢尔盖•绍伊古宣布,俄军第一支部署具有核打击能力的“先锋”高超音速武器的战略导弹部队团已进入作战部队序列,称为“俄罗斯国家和军队的重大历史事件”。俄罗斯战略导弹部队司令谢尔盖•卡拉卡耶夫称,第一支装备“先锋”的导弹团已在距莫斯科东南1200公里的奥伦堡地区的亚森斯基导弹基地服役。

Russia’s Avangard hypersonic missile system has entered service
by Staff Writers
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 29, 2019


File image Avangard Hypersonic Missile System “under wraps”

The Avangard is one of half-a-dozen new defence systems unveiled by Moscow in early 2018 as a means of restoring the global strategic nuclear balance amid NATO efforts to press up against Russia’s borders and create elements of a ground-based missile shield in Romania and Poland.

The first Strategic Missile Forces regiment to be armed with the nuclear-capable Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle has entered combat duty, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has confirmed.

“I would like to congratulate every one of us and especially the Strategic Missile Forces. The Avangard strategic missile has been put on combat duty. On behalf of all of us, I congratulate everyone with this significant event for our country and for its armed forces,” Shoigu said, speaking in a conference call with President Vladimir Putin on Friday.

Russian Strategic Missile Forces commander Col-Gen Sergei Karakaev confirmed that the first Avangard-armed missile regiment has been stationed at the Yasnensky missile compound in Orenburg region, about 1,200 km southeast of Moscow.

What We Know About the Avangard
The Avangard hypersonic boost-glide vehicle is Russia’s response to several US efforts to render Russia’s traditional ballistic-missile-based strategic deterrent obsolete, including the Pentagon’s so-called ‘Prompt Global Strike’ massed precision-guided conventional airstrike plan, and the Aegis Ashore anti-ballistic missile systems which Washington has constructed in Romania and Poland.

Tracing its origins back to US President Ronald Reagan’s ‘Star Wars’ space-based laser missile defence concept, the Avangard is based around a radically advanced Scramjet engine design, which enables the system to deliver both nuclear and conventional payloads at speeds of up to Mach 20.

Capable of manoeuvring while in flight, the system is essentially invulnerable to any existing or prospective missile defence system. This makes it an important element of Russia’s strategic deterrent, guaranteeing a Russian response in the event of aggression against the country.

The Avangard is presently believed to be carried into orbit aboard the R-36M2 intercontinental ballistic missile, although the strategic nuclear forces’ modernisation efforts mean that it will soon be replaced by the RS-28 Sarmat, a new class of missile capable of carrying up to 10 multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles (MIRVs) into orbit, from where they separate and proceed to their targets.

Earlier this year, retired NORAD Chief of Staff Air Force Maj. Gen. Howard Thompson said that in his estimation, Russia’s advances in the field of hypersonic weapons have rendered existing US air defences “obsolete.”

Last month, the Russian Defence Ministry announced that US inspectors had been allowed to see Russia’s Avangard system, with the goodwill gesture carried out under the auspices of the New START arms reduction treaty, to help ensure the agreement’s continued “viability and effectiveness”.

New START Under Threat
New START was signed between Russia and the US in 2010, and is set to expire in 2021 unless it is renewed for another ten-year period. Russian officials have repeatedly expressed their interest in renewing the treaty, with President Putin recently saying Moscow would be ready to extend the treaty “tomorrow, if necessary”. After the US’s unilateral decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty earlier this year, New START is now the last major arms control treaty between Russia and the US, capping both sides’ allowed deployed nuclear warheads to 1,550 apiece.

The US has yet to field its first hypersonic nuclear weapons, and is believed to have as many as nine separate programmes dedicated to this task. Last month, US Air Force Gen. Arnold Bunch Jr said he expects the country’s two main prospective hypersonic systems – the Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon (HCSW) and the Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) to become combat-ready by 2022.