Putin shows world how he could start World War Three with first successful launch of ‘invulnerable’ nuclear missile system which flies at 10 times the speed of sound
Russia said today that it successfully launched a hypersonic missile capable carrying a nuclear warhead.
President Vladimir Putin called it ‘an ideal weapon’ when he unveiled a new array of next-generation arms earlier this month.
The high-speed, high-precision Kinzhal (Dagger) missile – capable of flying at almost 7,700mph across 1,250 miles – 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 launch went according to plan, the hypersonic missile hit its target,’ the ministry added.
The high-speed, high-precision Kinzhal (Dagger) missile – capable of flying at almost 7,700 mph -was launched from a MiG-31 supersonic interceptor jet that took off from an airfield in the South Military District in Russia’s southwest
It comes just days after the belligerent Russian leader said he would unleash a ‘global catastrophe’ if a Third World War were to break out and threaten his country.
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.
Some 250 flights have been conducted in training for day and night launches, and in all weather conditions, it was reported.
The Kinzhal missile was one of an array of new weapons Putin unveiled in his state-of-the-nation address earlier this month, ahead of a presidential election on March 18 that he is all but guaranteed to win.