NOVO-OGARYOVO: In a video conference with an engineer on the Gunsmith Day, Russian President Vladimir Putin while compared the work of Russian gunsmiths on the development of the Avangard hypersonic missiles to the scale of the USSR’s nuclear project.
“The results of your work can hardly be overestimated. You not only stood at the origins of this technological idea, but you are its author,” said Putin to designer of rocket and space technology Gerbert Efremov. In modern conditions, the embodiment of your idea for our country is undoubtedly comparable to the implementation of the Soviet Union’s nuclear and missile projects, which were carried out by outstanding Soviet scientists Kurchatov and Korolev,” Putin said.
“We had to create these weapons in response to the US deploying strategic missile defense system, which in the future would be able to actually neutralize, nullify our entire nuclear potential,” said the Russian leader while recalling the US withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2002 forced Russia to start developing hypersonic weapons.