Two new Avangard missile systems will be put on alert by the end of this year. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced this at a conference call.
On Tuesday, at a conference call, the head of the military department said that the infrastructure for two more strategic missile systems with the Avangard hypersonic gliding winged warhead was being prepared in the Orenburg region. Deployment and setting on experimental combat duty of the complexes is planned before the end of this year.
In the interests of the strategic nuclear forces (...) by the end of the year in the Orenburg region the infrastructure will be ready for putting on combat duty two more missiles of the Avangard complex
- the minister said.
It should be noted that the first two UR-100N UTTH intercontinental ballistic missiles equipped with the Avangard hypersonic gliding warhead are already on experimental combat duty in the Dombarovskaya (Yasnenskaya) missile division of the Strategic Missile Forces stationed in the Orenburg region. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to Russian President Vladimir Putin on December 27, 2019, that the regiment, equipped with new strategic missile systems, had taken up combat duty.
At present, the carriers of the Avangard hypersonic units are the UR-100N UTTKh ICBMs; in the future, the new Sarmat intercontinental missiles will become their carriers. Earlier it was reported that at the first stage, the Strategic Missile Forces would deploy two regiments with Vanguards, each of which will have 6 silo-based ICBMs.