Russia Says it Test-Fired a Hypersonic Missile

Russia’s new hypersonic missile put through military tests

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

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the southern military district has had possession of the missile since the beginning of December.

The Kinzhal (Dagger) missile was launched from a MiG-31 aircraft that took off from an airfield in Russia's Southern Military District, the Defense Ministry said on March 11.

Hypersonic speed, combined with flight and technical characteristics of MiG-31, is what makes the Kinzhal missile unique.

Putin, who is widely expected to be re-elected as Russia's president later this month, claimed the missile that flies at 10 times the speed of the sound can not be intercepted by air-defense systems.

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Russian Federation says it has successfully test-launched a hypersonic missile, one of a range of nuclear-capable weapons announced by President Vladimir Putin earlier this month.

In this video grab on March 1, 2018, a Russian MiG-31 fighter jet releases the new Kinzhal hypersonic missile during a test at an undisclosed location in Russia. It is equipped with high-precision aeroballistic missiles supporting strikes at a range over 2,000 km without entering the enemy's air defense zone. "The attempt at curbing Russian Federation has failed", Putin said. The Kinzhal system was developed based on the MiG-31 upgraded interceptor jet.

Kinzhal air system crews have conducted hundreds of tests emulating attacks made from a position of defense.

Putin in his address said Russian Federation is developing missiles and underwater drones, among other weapons, because the USA pulled out of the 1972 anti-ballistic missile treaty it had signed with the Soviet Union. "They do not impact any need on our side for a change in our deterrence posture". "The launch was successful, the hypersonic missile hit the designated target at the field", the statement added. "It doesn't change anything other than how much money do they want to spend on something that does not change at all the strategic balance".

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