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American intelligence learned about the difficulties in developing Russian hypersonic missiles

According to this version, Russia is faced with a shortage of reliable material.

The combat unit “Avant-garde”. Photo of the press service of the Ministry of Defense of Russia

Russia has not yet been able to find a source for the production of extremely important hydrocarbon fiber components for the Avangard hypersonic missile system, the American television channel CNBC reported , citing sources familiar with the US intelligence report.

According to journalists, Russia considers the carbon fiber that is now available not sufficiently reliable – it allegedly does not provide sufficient thermal protection. According to the version of intelligence, the body of the apparatus may not withstand heat when re-entering the dense layers of the atmosphere. “Because of this, the internal systems cease to function,” the source explained to CNBC.

At the same time, the sources of the publication emphasized that the development of Avangard is a priority for Russia and is likely to be completed within the planned timeline by 2020. According to CNBC, Russia is already looking for new sources of component production and expects to be made within 12 months. The closest trials are scheduled for December.

Pentagon spokesman Eric Paehong, in a comment to CNBC, said that Russia has not yet provided evidence of the creation of such missiles: “At this point, so far, we have seen tremendous reports of success.”

Vladimir Putin presented the avant-garde hypersonic winged bloc on March 1 during a message to the Federal Assembly. The president said that the United States has no means of protection against such weapons.

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