Russia Successfully Launches New Kinzhal Hypersonic Missile
Russia succ essfully launched its new hypersonic Kinzhal missile on Saturday, its defence ministry said, part of President Vladimir Putin's much-vaunted armaments boost.
Video released by the ministry showed a military jet taking off carrying a large missile before launching it mid-flight.
President Vladimir Putin unveiled an array of new weapons on March 1, in one of his most bellicose speeches in years, ahead of a presidential election on March 18 that he is expected to win comfortably.skip - Russia successfully launches new Kinzhal hypersonic missile
Putin claims that the nuclear-powered cruise missile tested last fal l has a "practically unlimited" range and high speed and maneuverability allowing it to pierce any missile defense.
The Russian leader also claimed he has a high-speed underwater drone with an "intercontinental" range and is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead that could target both aircraft carriers and coastal facilities. Putin said its "very big" operational depth and a speed that is at least 10 times higher than any other vessel would make it immune to enemy intercept.
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Putin accompanied his statement to an audience of hundreds of senior officials and lawmakers with videos and computer images of new weapons, which were shown on giant screens at a conference hall near the Kremlin.
A computer video showed the drone being launched by a submarine, cruising over the seabed, hitting an aircraft carrier and also exploding near the shore.Source: Google News