On August 10, 2021, during the next single day of acceptance of military products, the commander of the 13th missile division, Major General Andrei
Cherevko, reported to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu about the intercession of the first regiment on combat duty until the end of 2021, armed with the
Avangard strategic hypersonic missile systems:
“Work is underway to prepare two silo launchers with missiles. Rearmament is being carried out according to the approved schedule. Loading missiles
into silo launchers and making them ready for combat use is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2021. "
For my friends from the forum, I want to write what this complex is and its staff structure.
Nominally, the Avangard regiment includes six silo-based launchers. The first two launchers went on alert on December 27, 2019, the second two
launchers - in December 2020. Thus, by the end of 2021, the first missile regiment with the Avangard missile system will be put on alert.
In total, it is planned to re-equip two missile regiments on the Avangards, and the Strategic Missile Forces (Strategic Missile Forces) are planning
to have twelve launchers of this missile system. Major General Andrei Cherevko also said: "In the period until 2023, it is planned to put on alert
another missile regiment in the 13th missile division with the Avangard strategic missile system."
There is a pattern for putting on alert - two launchers per year, usually in December. With such a frequency, all twelve Vanguards of the Strategic
Missile Forces should have received by the end of 2024. But in 2022, six launchers of this missile system should be on alert, and not two, as
By the way, it is in 2024 that the share of modern missile systems is planned to be increased to 100%, that is, the Strategic Missile Forces will step
over the line beyond which there will be no Soviet-made missile systems in the combat composition.
The 15P771 Avangard missile system structurally includes a launch vehicle in the form of a UR-100N UTTH ballistic missile and one 15Yu71 planning
hypersonic warhead. In reality, Russia needs to produce only 15Yu71 planning hypersonic warheads, and the UR-100N UTTH intercontinental ballistic
missiles already exist: they are in storage.
The speed of the gliding hypersonic warhead reaches Mach 28, the speed of sound 28, which is equal to 9.5 kilometers per second. By the way, the
second space velocity for the Earth is 11.2 kilometers per second. The American missile defense system is completely powerless against this weapon.
A strike in the interior of the continental United States can be delivered 15 minutes after launch. This will allow Russia, in a retaliatory nuclear
missile strike, to fire the second, but hit the targets first.
In addition, the twelve deployed Avangards are also a preemptive response to US plans to deploy short- and medium-range ground-based missiles in
Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Let these missiles be in conventional equipment, but they are capable of solving strategic tasks due to their high
accuracy and flight range.
The power of the Avangard nuclear warhead is more than two megatons of TNT. This is enough to destroy critical targets and inflict unacceptable
damage. Some Russian military analysts cite the San Andreas Rift and the Yellowstone Volcano as particularly important targets in the United
Of course, Russia is creating such weapons as Avangard not for use in a preemptive strike, but exclude for containment.