The Russian Defence Ministry on Saturday claimed that they demolished an underground storage facility through an advanced Kinzhal Hypersonic missile. The missile has reportedly been used by the Russian forces for the first time in the ongoing war and it demolished a missile depot in the Ivano-Frakivsk region.
These Kinzhal Hypersonic missiles are also known as ‘daggers’ and comprise 480 to 500 kgs payload. These air-launched ballistic missiles claim a wide range of 1,500 to 2,000 km. What distinguishes this missile apart from others is its capability to fly at 10 times the speed of sound, which means it can overcome air-defence systems considering it was designed in a way in which it can destroy high-value ground targets. It has an integral land-attack role in the northern parts of Europe, as it can fly at a speed of 4,900 km/hour and can reach speeds of up to 12,350 km/hour. Notably, these hypersonic missiles become difficult for European radars to detect.
According to official telegram channels of the Russian Federation, he stated, “You are being persistently told that your current difficulties are the result of Russia’s hostile actions and that you have to pay for the efforts to counter the alleged Russian threat from your own pockets. All of that is a lie.” He accused Western governments of being ‘obsessed with their own self-serving interests and super profits’.