Published: Вт, Марта 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Russia Says it Test-Fired a Hypersonic Missile

Russia Says it Test-Fired a Hypersonic Missile

The test came days after President Vladimir Putin showcased Russia's new strategic weapons, including nuclear-powered submarine drones, massive intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) with hyper-sonic warheads, cruise missiles and a ground-based laser weapon that had already entered service.

Russia's hypersonic missile, the Kinzhal, was tested successfully after being launched from a MiG-31 fighter jet, according to the country's defense ministry.

The Kinzhal missile, also known as the Dagger, can apparently evade air-defence systems and flies 10 times faster than the speed of sound at a casual 7,700mph, according to the Daily Mail.

Putin explained that Russian Federation has weapons that no country on the planet possesses and that tests would keep happening in the Southern Military District to ensure they stayed superior to other country's defence systems.

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.

"Performance characteristics and time indicators of the Kinzhal high-precision airborne missile system were confirmed during the hypersonic missile launch", the ministry said.

Since the start of the year, more than 250 sorties have been carried out by the aircraft to ideal the work of the missile systems, the defence ministry said.

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Russia's Vladimir Putin ordered the downing of a passenger plane that had reportedly been overtaken by hijackers planning to target the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014, the President said in a new film.

In it, he said he received a phone call from security officers as the ceremony was about to start, reported news agency Reuters.

The passenger involved in the incident was drunk and the plane would continue to Turkey.

The film comes ahead of an election he is expected to win on 18 March.

The "Putin" documentary, spread on Russian social media, comes as Putin is running for reelection and made multiple statements seen as an effort to drum up support, including touting an "invincible" missile that could get past American defenses. Regardless of "how much money they want to put into this arms race with themselves", Mattis said, the US approach remains the same.

Unlike numerous weapons, Putin eagerly announced this month, the video shows the 'Kinzhal's development is well beyond the drawing board.

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