Russian President Vladimir Putin said however that today, Russia possesses strategic systems which surpass any existing weaponry possessed by its potential adversaries, APA reports citing Sputnik.
"For the first time in modern Russia's history, the country possesses the most modern types of weapons, which are far superior in terms of their force, power, speed and, very importantly, in terms of accuracy compared to all which existed before them and exist today," Putin stressed.
Praising Efremov and NPO Mashinostroyenia for its work building the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle, Putin compared its success to the USSR's creation of its first nuclear bomb in 1949.
"The [importance of] the results of your work are difficult to overstate. You have not only stood at the origins of this technological idea - you are its author. In contemporary circumstances for our country, the implementation of your idea can doubtlessly be compared to the Soviet Union's realization of nuclear and missile projects by the outstanding Soviet scientists Igor Kurchatov and Sergei Korolov," Putin said.
For his work, Putin awarded Efremov with the Order of St. Andrew, the highest state order of the Russian Federation.
Efremov, 87, is one of the best known rocket scientists in modern Russia, creating and helping to organize the creation of technologies used by both its military and peaceful space programmes. He became chief designer at NPO Mashinostroyenia in 1984, and between 1989 and 2007 also served as the design bureau's general director.