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Russia Tests Hypersonic Nuclear-Capable Glider

January 7, 2019

Episode Notes:

Russia on Wednesday conducted a final test of a nuclear-capable glider that flies at over 20 times the speed of sound.

Tom Karako, Senior Fellow and Director of the Missile Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, joins the WarCast to talk about the system and its implications for both nuclear and conventional defense.

[ 0:18 ] Introduction
[ 0:39 ] The glider's capability
[ 2:35 ] Implications for missile defense
[ 3:55 ] Deployment schedule
[ 5:15 ] Impact on nuclear arms stability
[ 7:32 ] Role of arms treaties like the INF on glider technology