Russian Air Force MiG-31K aircraft equipped with Kh-47M2 Kinzhal (Dagger) high-precision hypersonic aero-ballistic missile will take part in Victory Day Parade in Moscow on 9th May, 2018.
“Apart from advanced Su-57, Su-30SM and MiG-29SMT aircraft, upgraded MiG-31K fighters armed with the cutting-edge Kinzhal hypersonic missile systems will take part in the parade’s air component,” Army General Sergei Shoigu, the Russian Defense Minister, said.
The second night rehearsal of the Victory Day parade was held in Moscow on Thursday while the final rehearsal will take place on May 6, the defense minister added.
The Kinzhal air-launched ballistic missile (ALBM) was unveiled by the Russian President Vladimir Putin in his State of the Nation Address to the Federal Assembly on March 1 this year.
According to the Russian President, the hypersonic missile flies at more than 10 times the speed of the sound and is capable of maneuvering and overcoming existing and future air defense and anti-ballistic missile (ABM) systems.
According to him, the Kinzhal hypersonic missile systems have been on experimental and combat duty with the Russian Armed Forces since December 1, 2017.
Kh-47M2 Kinzhal (“Dagger”) is a high-precision hypersonic aero-ballistic missile unveiled by Russian President Vladimir Putin on 1 March 2018 as one of the six new Russian strategic weapons.
It has a range of more than 2,000 km (1,200 mi), Mach 10 speed, and an ability to perform evasive maneuvers at every stage of the flight. It can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads.
The missile is already deployed at Russia’s Southern Military District airbases. The missiles are carried by the MiG-31K supersonic interceptor aircraft.
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. It appears that Kinzhal is an adaptation of the Iskander missile. Western commentators have been skeptical about the Russian claims for the weapon.