Watch: Launch of hypersonic aviation and missile system dubbed ‘Kinzhal’ by Russian gov’t

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  • President Vladimir Putin called hypersonic Kinzhal (Dagger) ‘an ideal weapon’
  • The Kinzhal is said to travel at 10 times the speed of sound 
  • It also has a range of 2,000km (1,200 miles)

The Russian army has successfully launched an hypersonic missile dubbed as Kinzhal missile that is capable of rendering useless all existing and prospective anti-missile systems, according to Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov.

According to IB Times, the Defense Ministry said in a statement Saturday the hypersonic air-launched missile was launched from a MiG-31 supersonic interceptor jet that took off from an airfield in the South Military District in Russia’s southwest.

“A MiG-31 fighter crew of the Russian Aerospace Forces made a training launch of a hypersonic missile of the Kinzhal high-precision air missile system in the predetermined area,” the ministry said.

“The launch was normal; the hypersonic missile hit the preset target on the test site,” the ministry added.

The Kinzhal is said to travel at 10 times the speed of sound and has a range of 2,000km (1,200 miles).

The missile, is described by President Vladimir Putin – named after a type of a dagger, ‘as an ideal weapon’.

Meanwhile, the US state department said this was not “the behaviour of a responsible international player”.

Watch the video of the missile launched via Sputnik News.