Russia test-fires 'ideal' hypersonic missile
Alexey NIKOLSKY (SPUTNIK/AFP/File)
Russia said Sunday it successfully launched a hypersonic missile which President Vladimir Putin called "an ideal weapon" as he unveiled a new array of next-generation arms earlier this month.
The high-precision Kinzhal (Dagger) missile was launched from a MiG-31 supersonic interceptor jet that took off from an airfield in the South Military District in Russia's southwest, the defense ministry said.
"The launch went according to plan, the hypersonic missile hit its target," the ministry added.
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.
Set to rousing, patriotic music, the video then shows a missile detaching from the airborne plane and gliding across the dark sky, leaving a fiery trail behind.
Экипаж истребителя МиГ-31 Воздушно-космических сил #ВКС выполнил практический учебно-боевой пуск гиперзвуковой ракеты высокоточного авиационного ракетного комплекса #Кинжал в заданном районе. Пуск прошел штатно, гиперзвуковая ракета поразила заданную цель на полигоне pic.twitter.com/xLguUwGrQW— Минобороны России (@mod_russia) March 10, 2018
The Kinzhal missile was one of an array of new weapons Putin unveiled in his state-of-the-nation address earlier this month, ahead of a presidential election on March 18 that he is all but guaranteed to win.
Putin said the missile flies at 10 times the speed of the sound and can overcome air-defense systems.
The missile has been deployed in the Southern Military District since December 1, he added.
Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Facebook that work had also been done to modernize the "unique" MiG-31 supersonic jet that will carry the missile.
Since the start of the year, more than 250 sorties have been carried out by the aircraft to perfect the work of the missile systems, the defense ministry said.
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It won't fly faster than a laser.
I've seen several other weapons tests Putin declared success when actually they were complete failures.
It won’t fly faster the the Jewish brain!!! We will have a response to this missile in no time with our best defense systems we currently have doing a great job with the Arab scum
Russia is being provoked to start WW3 by Israel's creators, the Rothchilds. If I was Vlad, I'd assassinate the Rothchilds.
Add this to the S-500 missile defense shield that will allow a Russian first strike without retaliatory consequences and America no longer has the biggest dick on the planet anymore. America has just been unexceptionalized! Russia has Jewish scientists as well - always has always will! Like most of the nation they may just love Russia more than Israel. As far as the American intelligence community how intelligent to lie to the FISA courts about the 'pee-pee piss-piss' dossier which was the whole basis for the Russiagate hysteria in the first place! Need we remember Sillary paid for it??
without retalatory measures. hahhahaha dream on ruskie scum
time to talk up sanctions on the ruskies so hard they won't be able to afford their new weapon systems! time to bankrupt these morally bankrupted filth!
Jewish scientists and he's in general must abandon the rogue terrorist nation of Russia!
I wonder if the Russian people get chemically sprayed everday by Putin? Bet he doesn't want to sicken and kill off his own people.
The Russians and China are gearing up their military . Meanwhile the USA is more worried about putting dresses on male soldiers.