"We are improving our attack systems in response to the construction of a missile defense system by the United States. Some of them are already in service, and some will be supplied in the near future," said Putin, who was speaking at the Valdai Discussion Club in the Black Sea resort of Sochi Thursday, adding that Moscow's hypersonic weapons program was well ahead of China and the US.
"The Avangard system [will be deployed] in the next few months."
It is a fact of life that we are ahead of all our partners and competitors in this sphere of high precision, hypersonic weapons," he said.
"No one else has that . . . In that sense, we feel very comfortable, very safe."
This latest revelation comes seven months after Putin shocked Russia's political elite at the annual Russian state of the union address in March by claiming Moscow had developed new nuclear weapons that cannot be shot down by US anti-ballistic missile defenses. The missiles, Putin said, are capable of striking almost any point on Earth while traveling at hypersonic speeds.