About three weeks after the start of the war in Ukraine, the Russian armed forces claimed to have used a hypersonic missile in the west of the country – the first use of this newly developed weapon.
According to information received from Moscow on Saturday, the Kinzhal rocket (kinzhal if boxing) destroyed an underground arsenal in a village the previous day.
U.S. officials confirmed to CNN television, Hypersonic weapons were used by Russia even in earlier days. The use of missiles was followed by the United States in real time. This mission may also be for experimental purposes and is intended to demonstrate Russia’s military capabilities to the West.
According to CNN, US government officials see the move as a signal to NATO. Carlo Masala, a security expert at Bundeswehr University in Munich, makes a similar assessment. “If so, that’s a message to NATO,” he tweeted.
Whether the hypersonic missile was actually used on Friday, as Moscow claims, was not independently confirmed on Saturday afternoon.
Russia’s defense ministry says there is a warehouse for destroyed missiles and ammunition in the village of Deloitte, about 100 kilometers from NATO’s Romanian border. According to Russian sources, Kinzhal missiles can pass through all air defense systems, and the Russian side has never announced their use in a conflict zone.
Two military intelligence bases were destroyed in the Odessa region of the Black Sea. Unable to verify information.
The Kinzhal and Zirkon missiles are new types of weapons developed by Russia that President Vladimir Putin has described as invincible. They are also said to be able to defeat US air defense systems based in Europe.
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This is the first time since the start of the war that Russia has announced the use of its new air-surface ballistic missile, the Kinsala. So far, the weapons have been used mainly during maneuvers – most recently just days before the February 24 invasion of Ukraine.
The first successful test of these hypersonic missiles was announced in 2018 by Russia. Since then, it has been used several times during maneuvers. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, during the tests in 2018 Kinzhal missiles hit all targets, some of which were over a thousand kilometers.
The missiles are launched by MiF-31 fighter jets. According to Russian sources, they can hit targets at a distance of 2,000 kilometers – while at the same time passing all air defense systems. Hypersonic missiles can fly at speeds of up to 6000 kilometers per hour, many times the speed of sound. (AFP, dpa)
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