According to a news article on Russia Today, Russia is leading the US in hypersonic missile development by generations:

The bottom line is that Russia – in terms of hypersonic missile development – is about four generations ahead of the US, if we measure it by the development of the S-300, S-400 and S-500 systems. As a working hypothesis, we could describe the next system – already in the drawing boards – as the S-600. It would take the US military at least ten years to develop and roll out a new weapons system, which in military terms represents a generation.


Does it warrant credence of their conclusion, Russia being immune to (conventional) military retaliation?

The key fact of the matter needs to be stressed over and over again; the S-500 is impenetrable - and allows Russia for the first time in history to launch a first strike nuclear attack, if it ever chooses to do so, and be immune to retaliation.

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    Those are some grandiose claims, even for Russia's state media. Commented May 23, 2016 at 14:20
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    tbh all you need to get through any missile defense is enough missiles. If all they have is N air-intercept missiles available to launch, so long as you have N+1 ballistic missiles, you win. Commented May 23, 2016 at 14:49
  • If the sole objective is to get a missile through, yes, you'd win. You made your point though, an arms race is not just a technological one but a numerical one too; there is a strength in numbers.
    – Levon
    Commented May 23, 2016 at 16:25
  • Railguns and lasers may make this new missile-gap irrelevant.
    – Joe L.
    Commented May 24, 2016 at 1:09
  • Not to mention that truth is a casualty of cold wars, too.
    – Joe L.
    Commented May 24, 2016 at 1:17


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