Report: Russia Tests Hypersonic Kinzhal Missile

A Russian MiG-31K jet carries a Kinzhal missile during the Victory Day military parade, May 2018 (Photo: AP)

Russia’s MiG-31K interceptor jet carried out a test of the Kh-47M2 Kinzhal (Dagger) hypersonic missile in the Russian Arctic, TASS news agency reported.

“The tests took place in mid-November,” a military source told TASS.

The MiG-31K interceptor took off from the Olenegorsk airfield in the northern Murmansk region and fired the missile against a ground target at the Pemboi training ground in Russia’s Arctic Komi region, TASS reported.

Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled the Kinzhal in March 2018, calling the new missiles unbeatable, capable of evading any enemy defenses.

According to Russian media, the Kinzhal can hit targets at a range of up to 2,000km (1,250 miles) with nuclear or conventional warheads, and they have already been deployed along the southern Russian border.

 

[Sources: Reuters, Eurasia Times]

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