Russia equips Tu-160 strategic bomber with Kinzhal hypersonic missiles
MOSCOW, (BM) – Russia’s top military brass plans to arm Tupolev Tu-160 supersonic strategic bombers with Kinzhal hypersonic missiles, a source in the defense industry told TASS on Monday, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
“The possibility of deploying Kinzhal missiles on Tu-160 aircraft is being considered. The work on this option is due to be completed this year,” the source said.
The source did not specify, however, whether operational or upgraded Tu-160 bombers would be armed with Kinzhal hypersonic missiles.
BulgarianMilitary.com has no official confirmation of this information yet.
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that on 30th of January the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation Sergei Shoigu stated that the first serially produced upgraded Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bomber would be provided to the Russian Armed Forces in 2021.
In Russia, the Kinzhal missile launched from Mig-31 fighters is periodically tested. This kind weapon is a serious problem for NATO countries, which must take appropriate countermeasures, according expert Jakub Palovski, whose opinion is quoted by the Polish edition of Defense24.
According to him, the “Kinzhal” (Dagger) is an aeroballistic projectile that reaches speeds over certain 5 Machs at certain stages of the flight. It operates on principles similar to launching ballistic missiles from the ground.
“The term “hypersonic” that appeared in Russia in relation to this missile is a bit confusing. However, this does not mean that X-47M2 is not a threat. On the contrary – such a projectile can carry a very serious danger” writes Palowski.
In his opinion, the use of an aircraft as a carrier automatically increases the radius of destruction and makes it possible to attack from several directions.
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