Kinzhal hypersonic air-launched missile
Kinzhal hypersonic air-launched missile

Kinzhal hypersonic air-launched missile


A Hypersonic Air-Launched Missile: According to Puttin, the Russian Air Force has already inducted an air-launched hypersonic missile known as ‘Dagger’ (Kengal). The missile is available in nuclear or conventional armed configurations. It is launched at high-speed level flight (form Tu-22M3M bombers or MiG-31K interceptors that can reach a speed of Mach 2.8 at high altitude). In few minutes of the rocket, burn accelerates the Dagger to hypersonic speed and its hypersonic propulsion maintains its speed of up to Mach-10. The missile maintains a controlled flight and maneuverability through all flight phases and reaches an operational range of 2,000 km.

The missile is designed to target US and NATO warships posing a threat to strategic missile systems in Russia’s European part and to destroy NATO missile defence system and ballistic missile defense ships and land objects close to Russia borders, such as one in Romania. It is designed to overcome any known US air or missile defense systems as of 2018 including MIM-104 Patriot, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense and Aegis Combat System. The missile first stage is probably shared with 9K720 Iskander and the guidance section is specifically designed for this missile. It is capable of attacking fixed and movable targets such as aircraft carriers. The missile accelerates to hypersonic speed within seconds of launch and performs maneuvers at all stages of the flight trajectory to evade enemy missile defenses.

Kinzhal hypersonic air-launched missile
Kinzhal hypersonic air-launched missile

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