Russian hypersonic missile was put into service; Turkey buys second batch of S-400; Rocket attack in Iraq

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Russia commissions Avangard hypersonic missile

The Avangard hypersonic missile, which can fly above Mach 5 and can carry a nuclear payload, was put into service Friday, according to the Russian Defense Ministry and the BBC.

Although it still remains unclear if the missile is ready for use, or whether it is just in an advanced phase of field testing, its deployment by the ministry has created concerns among Western countries.

The hypersonic missile contains a “boost-glide” system, which launches in a similar manner as an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), but instead of following an arc-like pattern of travel above the atmosphere, the re-entry mechanism allows the missile to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere rapidly before gliding, potentially long-distances, towards its target.

This new system enhanced the missile’s maneuverability when moving towards its intended target, making anti-missile defense systems unable to effectively target the gliding missile, since it is dependent on heat signatures radiating of traditional ICBMs.

Turkey is likely to purchase another batch of S-400 — Russian deputy PM

Russia hopes that Turkey will purchase another batch of air defense systems S-400, Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov told the round-the-clock television news channel Rossiya-24 in an interview.

“It is very likely they will use this option and keep working with us. We do hope for this,” he said.

“As far as arms export is concerned, it should be noted that competition on the market of military hardware has been always harsh. We firmly hold second place as to the volume of sales,” Borisov stated.

Air defense systems, aircraft and some types of equipment for ground troops are sales leaders.

“Currently our shipbuilders have good prospects, as some new types of products have emerged, such as small corvettes, patrol ships, and diesel-electric submarines. Also, we see good prospects in the market of radio-electronic warfare equipment,” he noted.

“Turkey opted for this air defense system [S-400], because its parameters are the best in the world. Generally speaking Russian air defense systems are head and shoulders above their foreign rivals. The situation in Saudi Arabia, where drones attacked oil refineries, clearly demonstrated this. Patriot and other defense systems failed, while continued attacks against our base Khmeimim are invariably repelled by our air defenses,” Borisov stated, adding that Pantsir performed very well.

US contractor killed in Iraq rocket attack, troops wounded

A US defense contractor was killed and several American and Iraqi troops were wounded Friday in a rocket attack in northern Iraq, US officials said.

According to officials, the attack involved as many as 30 rockets fired at the Iraqi military compound near Kirkuk, where US service members are also based.

Officials did not provide the exact number of troops wounded in the attack or the severity of the injuries. They spoke on condition of anonymity to describe details before they were made public.

Such attacks have taken place on several occasions over the past few months, with US officials for the most part blaming Iran-backed fighters.

Col. Myles Caggins, a spokesman for the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria, said Iraqi security forces were leading the investigation and response to the attack.

Iraq has been roiled since October 1 by protests that have left more than 450 people dead, the vast majority of them demonstrators killed by security forces firing tear gas and live ammunition. The mass uprisings prompted the resignation of former Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi late last month.

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