This is how the “Kinzhal” missiles work that Russia already says it has used

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Almost a month after the start of the invasion of Ukraine, Russian forces appear to have stalled on all fronts, according to british intelligence. However, the campaign ordered by Vladimir Putin would be using other technologically advanced military assets that could signal the beginning of a new phase of the war.

While the United States sends its latest batch of weapons to Ukraine, which includes Switchblade “kamikaze” drones, which could make it difficult for invading troops to advance by land due to their high precision, Russia says it has begun using hypersonic missiles capable of nuclear Kh-47M2 Kinzhal whose name in Russian means “dagger”.

The first Russian attack with “Kinzhal” in Ukraine

On Saturday, Russia’s Defense Ministry said it had used “Kinzhal” hypersonic missiles the previous day to destroy an underground weapons depot in southeastern Ukraine. Subsequently, the state body published a video showing the exact moment of an attack in Deliatyn, just 100 km from Romania.

Later on Sunday, Russian forces said they had carried out a second attack with this type of missile, but this time against a fuel depot in Mykolaiv. If confirmed, both assaults would have special relevance because, for the first time since the beginning of the war, weapons with nuclear capacity would have been used, although it is a technical capacity, since the conflict has not escalated to the atomic level.

The truth is that these missiles are a fairly new type of weapon. A common point is that few countries in the world have the capacity to develop, build and operate this type of weapon. They include China, which did its first tests in October last year, and Russia, which put them into service in 2017.

The Russian system, which, as mentioned above, is called the Kh-47M2 Kinzhal, has as its axes its great speed, maneuverability and precision. Being hypersonic means that they move above 5,000 km/h. Specifically, these tactical weapons can fly at 10 times or more the speed of sound.

Russian Hypersonic Missile Daga Kh 47m2 2

Unlike other missile systems, which must be launched from mobile or fixed complexes, the Kh-47M2 Kinzhal operates with two models of Russian aircraft. When they are released from MiG-31K they can hit targets 2,000 km away and when they do so from the Tu-22M3 up to 3,000 km, according to the TASS news agency.

The foundations of the project were not made from scratch. They are based on the Iskander tactical aeroballistic missile, which has an original operational range of 500 km. The improved range and ability to changing trajectory in mid-flight give the new system greater precision and the advantage of being difficult to trackaccording to Russian officials.

“Maneuvering the missile at speeds exceeding several times the speed of sound allows it to reliably evade all air defense and anti-ballistic missile systems that exist or are being developed.” said in 2018 the Commander-in-Chief of the Aerospace Force, Sergei Surovikin.

It should be noted that it is Russia that claims to have used this type of advanced weapons. Ukraine, for its part, has not confirmed the attacks so far.. Likewise, the statements made by the Russian Ministry of Defense in this context could not be independently verified.

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