Russian hypersonic nuclear missile inspected by U.S.

RUSSIA. The Russian military demonstrated its new hypersonic nuclear missile for a team of inspectors from the United States, as part of a bilateral arms control treaty, the Kremlin said. Officials also said the Avangard missile system was announced last year and has been in development for most of 2019. Military officials claim the missile is highly mobile and can outsmart U.S. missile defenses.

U.S. inspectors traveled to Russia as part of the treaty it has with Moscow. The Avangard intercontinental ballistic missile is said to be capable of flying at 20 times the speed of sound.

Russian officials said in July they wanted to increase cooperation with the United States and extend the New START arms treaty before it expires in 2021. It was last extended in 2010 by then-President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

The pact places a cap on 1,500 developed weapons, 700 deployed missiles, and 800 deployed and non-deployed launchers.