11 Mar '18, 11am

Russia Test-fires 'Ideal' Hypersonic Missile

Russia Test-fires 'Ideal' Hypersonic Missile

Russia said Sunday it successfully launched a hypersonic missile, which President Vladimir Putin called "an ideal weapon" when he unveiled a new array of next-generation arms earlier this month. The high-precision Kinzhal (Dagger) missile was launched from a MiG-31 supersonic interceptor jet that took off from an airfield in the South Military District in Russia's southwest, the defense ministry said. "The launch went according to plan, the hypersonic missile hit its target," the ministry added. The ministry released video footage showing two pilots gearing up for a flight and then running towards a jet with a large missile slung beneath its underbelly. Set to rousing, patriotic music, the video then shows a missile detaching from the airborne plane and gliding across the dark sky, leaving a fiery trail behind. The Kinzhal missile was one of an array of new weapons Putin u...

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