The Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation introduced that Russian armed forces have used Kinzhal hypersonic missiles to destroy an underground army storage facility within the West of Ukraine. Deliatyn, a village within the foothills of the picturesque Carpathian mountains, is positioned exterior town of Ivano-Frankivsk. The area of Ivano-Frankivsk shares a 50-kilometre lengthy border with Nato member Romania. That is the primary time Russia used its latest Kinzhal hypersonic missiles in Ukraine on Friday to destroy a weapons storage website within the nation’s west.

Citing a supply, Interfax-Russia reported that Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation mentioned,”On 18 March, hypersonic aeroballistic missiles had been launched from the Kinzhal aviation missile system and a big underground warehouse of missiles and aviation ammunition of Ukrainian troops within the village of Delyatyn, within the Ivano-Frankivsk area, was destroyed.”


Russian Navy MiG-31BM Interceptor Plane armed with Kh-47M2 Kinzhal missile.

The Kh-47M2 Kinzhal (“Dagger”) is a Russian nuclear-capable air-launched ballistic missile (ALBM). It has a claimed vary of greater than 2,000 km (1,200 mi), Mach 10 velocity, and a capability to carry out evasive maneuvers at each stage of its flight. It will possibly carry each standard and nuclear warheads and might be launched from Tu-22M3 bombers or MiG-31K interceptors. It has been deployed at airbases in Russia’s Southern Navy District. The Kinzhal is without doubt one of the six new Russian strategic weapons unveiled by Russian President Vladimir Putin on 1 March 2018. In June 2021, Russian MiG-31K fired Kinzhal on a floor goal in Syria.

Hypersonic missiles, like conventional ballistic missiles which may ship nuclear weapons, can fly at greater than 5 occasions the velocity of sound. However ballistic missiles fly excessive into house in an arc to succeed in their goal, whereas a hypersonic flies on a trajectory low within the ambiance, doubtlessly reaching a goal extra rapidly. Crucially, a hypersonic missile is maneuverable just like the a lot slower, typically subsonic cruise missile, making it more durable to trace and shoot down. Whereas international locations like the USA have developed methods designed to defend towards cruise and ballistic missiles, the flexibility to trace and take down a hypersonic missile stays a query.