Russia will proceed the mass manufacturing of Kinzhal air-based hypersonic missiles, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated in a video handle revealed on the Kremlin web site on the event of Defender of the Fatherland Day. The Kinzhal entered service in December 2017 and was one of many six new Russian strategic weapons unveiled by Russian President Vladimir Putin on 1 March 2018. Based on TASS, Kinzhal hypersonic missiles underwent their baptism of fireplace within the particular navy operation in Ukraine on March 18, 2022. Kyiv’s Mayor stated one particular person had died and two have been wounded when an condo block was hit by within the Holosiiv district.[

The Kh-47M2 Kinzhal (in Russian: ?-47?2 ??????, “Dagger”, NATO reporting name Killjoy) is a Russian nuclear-capable hypervelocity aero-ballistic air-to-surface missile. It has a claimed range of more than 2,000 km (1,200 mi), Mach 12 speed (2.5 mi/s), and an ability to perform evasive maneuvers at every stage of its flight. It can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads and can be launched from Tu-22M3 bombers or MiG-31K interceptors with stealth and high maneuverability and are designed to engage ground and naval targets.. It has been deployed at airbases in Russia’s Southern Military District and Western Military District.

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Russian MiG-31K Aircraft Deployed to Mediterranean with Kinzhal Hypersonic Missiles. (Russian MoD)

The missile is designed to hit NATO warships posing a threat to strategic missile systems in European Russia and to destroy NATO missile defence systems, ballistic missile defense ships and land objects close to the Russian borders. It is allegedly designed to overcome any known or planned NATO air or missile defense systems including the MIM-104 Patriot, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense and Aegis Combat System.[15][16][17][18] Slightly than utilizing the more moderen hypersonic glide and scramjet missile designs, it makes use of the extra classical ballistic missile know-how at better speeds.

The general design of the missile is shared with the 9K720 Iskander, with the steering part modified for Kinzhal. As a result of it flies at hypersonic speeds throughout the environment, the air stress in entrance of it kinds a plasma cloud because it strikes, absorbing radio waves (Plasma stealth). The excessive velocity of the Kinzhal provides it higher target-penetration traits than lighter, slower cruise-missiles. With superior maneuvering capabilities, excessive precision and hypersonic velocity, some sources give it the title “provider killer” on account of its alleged capability to disable and presumably even sink a 100,000 ton supercarrier with a single strike