Reference News Network reported on December 29 that foreign media said that Russia's first "Pioneer" hypersonic missile regiment entered combat duty on December 27.
Russian "Pioneer" hypersonic missile test launch (Russian Satellite Agency website)
Known as "invincible" weapons
According to a report by TASS on December 27, according to a report by the Russian Defense Ministry, Russian Defense Minister Shoigu has reported to President Putin that Russia's first "Pioneer" hypersonic missile regiment has joined combat duty at 10 am Moscow time on December 27.
Shoigu believes that the entry of the "Pioneer" missile regiment into combat duty is of great significance to Russia. "I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of us, especially the Strategic Missile Force. At 10 am this morning, the" Pioneer "Strategic Missile Regiment was put on combat duty. On behalf of all of us, I would like to make this contribution to the country and the military. Congratulations on the event. "
Sergei Karakaev, commander of the Russian strategic rocket force, made a more specific statement on the conference call. He said the missile regiment was on duty at the Yasnne missile division based in Orenburg. He also said that this was the most significant event of the Russian strategic rocket troops this year.
Pioneer is a strategic intercontinental ballistic missile system using a gliding cruise warhead. According to public reports, its warhead was developed by the Military Industry -Mechanical Manufacturing Scientific Production Joint Company in Leutov, Moscow State. It has begun testing in 2004 and entered mass production in July 2018.
Putin referred to the Vanguard missiles as "absolute weapons" in June 2018.
Because the missile can also change its target and altitude while in flight, Putin said it was "actually invincible." The Russian side said that "Pioneer" missiles can break through any existing missile defense system.