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Russian Federation successfully launched powerful new missile

12 March, 2018, 09:25 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • The old military buildings dated from Soviet times

Russian Air Force technicians preparing MiG-29 fighter jets in Primorsko-Akhtarsk, Krasnodar region.

Crews of the Kinzhal air system comprising a MiG-31 interceptor jet and an advanced hypersonic missile made 250 flights from the beginning of 2018, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday. Russian officials said the missile - named after a type of dagger - successfully hit the assigned target, the BBC reports.

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. "The hypersonic missile confirmed its technical operational performance and timing data of the Kinzhal missile system".

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.

It said the intended "target" was hit.

In an address to the nation on March 1, Putin had announced a new range of nuclear weapons that he said could hit nearly any point in the world without being intercepted.

The first air unit equipped with the Kinzhal system started test air alert flights to master fundamentals of its combat use since December 1 of the past year.

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.

Putin said that the country also tested a new heavy intercontinental ballistic missile, called Sarmat, with a range and number of warheads exceeding its predecessor.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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