Russian Military Tests Nuclear-Capable Hypersonic Missile

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    March 13, 2018 08:15

    The Russian military said it has conducted a successful test of a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile capable of sneaking through enemy defenses.

    A video posted by the Defense Ministry Sunday showed a MiG-31 fighter jet launching a Kinzhal (Dagger) missile during a training flight. The ministry said the missile, which carried a conventional warhead, hit a practice target at a firing range in southern Russia.

    President Vladimir Putin named Kinzhal this month among the new nuclear weapons he said would bolster Russia's military capability and render the U.S. missile defense useless.

    In this photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site on March 11, 2018, a Russia's Kinzhal hypersonic missile flies during a test in southern Russia. /AP

    Putin said Kinzhal flies 10 times faster than the speed of sound, has a range of more than 2,000 km and can carry a nuclear or a conventional warhead. The military said it's capable of hitting both land targets and navy ships.

    Putin said the missile already had been put on combat duty with a unit of Russia's Southern Military District.

    The Defense Ministry said in Sunday's statement that the test launch proved the missile's capability. It added that the new weapon has no equal thanks to its superior maneuverability and ability to dodge enemy radars.  

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