Russian media has bolstered the Kremlin’s claim, on the development of the alleged, Yu-74 ultra-maneuverable hypersonic glide vehicles. Moscow is citing the sudden development and announcement of the sci-fi aircraft as a response to the deployment of NATO’s missile installations in Eastern Europe.
Going head to head with the United States and China, Russia has been developing its own hypersonic weapons during the past few years.
A hypersonic weapon usually has a speed between 3,840 miles per hour (Mach 5) and 7,680 miles per hour (Mach 10). Furthermore, these systems use sophisticated technologies for maneuvering and boast allow the rapid delivery of warheads, precise targeting, and survivability against a wide range of missile defense systems.
Last year Russia conducted a series of tests of the Yu-71 hypersonic attack aircraft. The Yu-71 is part of secret missile program codenamed “Project 4202.” The glider was said to reach speeds of up to 7,000 miles per hour. Due to its outstanding maneuverability and high speed the system can overcome any defense shield, military experts noted.