Russian Federation test-fires Kinzhal hypersonic missile

Russia's Defense Ministry building in Moscow

Russia's Defense Ministry building in Moscow

The Kinzhal hypersonic missile was launched from an MiG-31 interceptor jet, which departed from an airfield in the Southern Military District, Russia's TASS News Agency reported.

"The launch went according to plan, the hypersonic missile hit its target", the ministry added.

"MiG-31 jet of the Russian Aerospace Forces conducted a test launch of hypersonic aviation and missile system Kinzhal in a set district".

(G.N.S) DT.12 Russian Federation has said it successfully launched a hypersonic missile described by Vladimir Putin as an ideal weapon when he unveiled new armaments earlier this month.

The ministry released video footage showing two pilots gearing up for a flight and then running towards a jet with a large missile slung beneath its underbelly.

The Kinzhal system is intended for destruction of surface and waterborne targets. "The hypersonic missile confirmed its technical operational performance and timing data of the Kinzhal missile system".

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It has a range of 2,000 km, according to the reports.

The test came days after President Vladimir Putin showcased Russia's new strategic weapons, including nuclear-powered submarine drones, massive intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) with hyper-sonic warheads, cruise missiles and a ground-based laser weapon that had already entered service.

The first air unit equipped with the Kinzhal system started test air alert flights to master fundamentals of its combat use since December 1 of the a year ago.

Putin has rattled Russian sabers repeatedly in the past, and military analysts said a lack of detailed information made it hard to assess his statements about weapons.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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