Russia Says it Test-Fired a Hypersonic Missile

Russia Says it Test-Fired a Hypersonic Missile

Russia Says it Test-Fired a Hypersonic Missile

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.

Russian Federation says it has successfully launched a hypersonic missile described by President Vladimir Putin as an "ideal weapon".

Video footage released by the ministry appears to show the "Kinzhal" missile detaching from a fighter jet.

Russian Federation says it has successfully test-fired a "hypersonic" missile, which President Vladimir Putin earlier this month claimed flies 10 times faster than the speed of sound. "The launch went according to plan: the hypersonic missile hit its target", the ministry said.

The system has no counterparts across the globe owing to high flight performance characteristic of the MiG-31 fighter jet and the hypersonic missile with a small radar signature and high maneuverability.

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It said the intended "target" was hit.

The defense ministry specified in its statement that besides crew training, the Russian air force had conducted over 250 flights in the beginning of the year to ensure the project would yield the desired results.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country has developed supersonic nuclear weapons that can reach anywhere in the world, and are "invulnerable to enemy interception", during his state of the union address to Russian lawmakers in Moscow on March 1.

On Sunday, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis expressed doubt that Russian Federation had developed such an advanced weapon and said the test would not affect U.S. policy, according to CNN.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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