Russia's Putin oversees test of hypersonic weapon

26 Décembre, 2018, 19:04 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • The Avangard hypersonic vehicle zigzags on its path making it impossible to predict Russia says

The caption reads: Some women can blow your head away.

The caption reads in Russian:Tuning equipment before a "concert". Among the most frightening examples, according to the British tabloid, are Russian missiles and female soldiers.

This kicks off a long Russian holiday season which includes Orthodox Russian Christmas Day on 7 January.

The message is: "Shooting a glance is the Kremlin's secret weapon".

In February the picture is the Tu-95 strategic bomber, nicknamed the "bear".

Here the message from defence minister Sergei Shoigu, a close ally and holiday buddy of Vladimir Putin, is: "Russian "bears" don't hibernate in winter".

And the Russian special forces from the April page have the audacity to pose wearing "chemical attack masks" - a standard piece of kit made into a sinister symbol by the trumped-up accusations of Novichok poisonings London has been launching at Moscow.

Speaking to Russia's top military brass after watching the live feed of the launch of the Avangard vehicle from the defence ministry's control room, Putin said the successful test was a "great success" and an "excellent New Year's gift to the nation".

Russian President Vladimir Putin centre oversees the Avangard test launch
MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV APRussian President Vladimir Putin centre oversees the Avangard test launch

The aircradt is either a Ka-52 "Alligator" or Mi-24 "Crocodile".

The picture for October shows an "advanced PC user" - a soldier using a Kalashnikov, known as PK.

Among the many thinly-veiled threats the tabloid has discovered within the calendar's glitzy pages, it even unearthed a personal insult directed at Britain - the Russians have dared to name their new anti-tank missile Kornet. Surely they were mocking the cornets of the old British cavalry (a rank abolished in 1871) and were not actually honoring the cornets of the Russian imperial army (abolished in 1917 along with the Russian Empire)?

"Kornet is not a rank, Kornet is a calling", says the Russian military.

With an eye to the future, the picture in May - when Russian stages its annual commemoration of victory against Hitler - shows two young girls.

Putin has poured money into his military machine in a bid to reverse the disparity with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation that followed the collapse of the USSR a generation ago. In 2014, Russian Federation defied the West in annexing Crimea from Ukraine.

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