In Russia the hypersonic missile
- The project hypersonic missiles "Raduga"
The project hypersonic missiles "Raduga" Photo: Sergey Mamontov / RIA Novosti
Russia has already created a hypersonic missile capable of flying at speeds over Mach 4.5 (about 5.2 thousand kilometers per hour). On this, as reported
"We are now able to fly at hypersonic, we now fly at hypersonic missiles at a speed of Mach 4.5, but we do not need short-term and sustained flight at hypersonic missile in the atmosphere. We need to achieve a long-term mission and not on a small hypersonic "- Obnosov said, noting that the need to develop a missile capable of flying at speeds of six, ten and 14 Mach numbers. "These steps are completely different from the point of view of scientific thought, but they need to decide" — said General Director of TRV.
The development of hypersonic missiles actively conducted in the USSR in the 1970s. In the 1990s, work in this area is almost completely ceased. Thus, the "NGO engineering" to develop missiles "meteorite" and the late start of work on the machine with the code "4202". "Raduga" in the 1980s and the beginning of the project Gael X-90. In the 1970s, based missile system S-200 missile was created "Cold." During the tests, it was able to develop a speed of six thousand miles an hour.