Russia says it is mass-producing the Kh-47M2 Kinzhal missile

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Contrary to claims by Kyiv and its Western allies, the Russian army is well-stocked with the Kinzhal hypersonic missile complex, with mass production in full swing. This was confirmed by Vladimir Artyakov, the first deputy head of Rostec, the Russian state corporation for high-tech industries. 

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Dismissing allegations of a missile shortage, Artyakov assured that the production of the hypersonic Kinzhal missile is robust, meeting all the requirements of the Ministry of Defense. The missile’s production initially limited due to parallel testing, has now shifted to mass-scale manufacturing. 

“We’re now mass-producing the Kinzhal. The missile was initially produced in limited quantities for the sake of further upgrades and R&D completion. Now, we’ve transitioned to a steady production run, meeting the Ministry of Defense’s quality, timeline, and volume requirements,” Artyakov stated on “Russia-24”

Artyakov also refuted Kyiv’s claims of downing Russian Kinzhals using the American Patriot air defense system, labeling them as “Ukrainian propaganda.” He suggested that these statements are attempts by Kyiv to curry favor with the United States by praising Western-manufactured weapons. 

He further emphasized the advanced technology embedded in the Kinzhal system, claiming it is currently unbeatable in terms of preventing the missile from reaching its target. “The Kinzhal system incorporates technologies that, at present, cannot be thwarted,” he added. 

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Ukrainian statements

In a previous statement, Kyiv claimed that the American anti-aircraft complex had “shot down” up to six hypersonic Kinzhal. The Russian military department, however, clarified that Russia does not launch as many missiles as Ukraine claims to shoot down.

The circumstances of these claims are still unclear and there is no concrete evidence to support either side’s claims. If the Ukrainian claims are true, it would be a significant development in the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia. However, without concrete evidence, it is difficult to verify the claims made by either side.

About Kh-47M2 Kinzhal

Kh-47M2 Kinzhal is a hypersonic missile developed by Russia. It is designed to be launched from the air and can reach a speed of Mach 10, which is ten times the speed of sound. This makes it extremely difficult to intercept by any existing missile defense system.

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The missile has a range of over 2,000 kilometers and is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads. It is primarily designed to be carried by the Tu-22M3 bomber aircraft and the MiG-31K interceptor. The Kh-47M2 Kinzhal missile has a length of approximately 6 meters and a diameter of 0.8 meters. It weighs around 4,500 kg and has a solid-fuel rocket engine that propels it to hypersonic speeds.

The missile uses a maneuverable reentry vehicle [MaRV] that allows it to perform evasive maneuvers during its flight, making it even more difficult to intercept. It also has an advanced guidance system that uses inertial and satellite navigation, as well as a homing head that can lock onto its target.

The mode of operation of the Kh-47M2 Kinzhal missile involves launching it from an aircraft at high altitudes and speeds. Once launched, the missile uses its rocket engine to accelerate to hypersonic speeds and climb to a high altitude. It then uses its guidance system to navigate to its target and perform evasive maneuvers to avoid interception. Upon reaching its target, the missile releases its warhead, which can be either conventional or nuclear.

The story behind Kinzhal

Kinzhal is a Russian air-launched ballistic missile [ALBM] that was developed as part of Russia’s ongoing military modernization program. The missile is designed to be carried by the MiG-31 fighter jet, which is capable of flying at supersonic speeds.

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The development of Kinzhal began in the early 2000s as a response to the US missile defense system. Russia viewed the missile defense system as a direct threat to its national security and sought to develop a weapon that could penetrate it. The Kinzhal missile was first tested in March 2018 and was officially put into service in December of the same year. Since then, Russia has been working to mass-produce the missile and integrate it into its military forces.

Russia’s development of the Kinzhal missile has been met with concern from the international community, particularly the United States. Some experts have raised questions about the missile’s capabilities and whether it represents a new arms race between Russia and the US.

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