Russia uses Hypersonic Missile In Ukraine

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Russia said on 19 March 2022 that it had used hypersonic Kinzhal (Kh-47M2)  missiles to destroy a large weapons depot in Ukraine's western Ivano-Frankivsk region. 

It was the first time Russia had deployed the hypersonic Kinzhal system since it sent its troops into Ukraine on February 24, 2022. 

The Kinzhal missile can be fired from Mig-31 fighter aircraft. The missile can carry both conventional warheads or nuclear weapons.

Hypersonic Missile 

  • Hypersonic missiles are those missiles which can fly five times the speed of sound in the upper atmosphere or about 6,200 km per hour.

  • The main feature of the missile is its manoeuvrability which makes its detection by radar very difficult. 

  • At present China has tested the missile and North Korea has also claimed to have tested it. The United States of America do not have these types of missiles.

Defence and Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is also working on developing this technology in India. In 2020 it successfully conducted the maiden test of the High-Speed Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV) using an indigenously developed propulsion system.

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