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Russia uses Kinzhal and Bastion missiles on Ukraine

  • Published
    23rd Mar, 2022
Context

Russia recently used hypersonic Kinzhal (Dagger) missiles to destroy a large weapons depot in Ukraine’s western Ivano-Frankivsk region.

About

About Kinzhal Missile:

  • Kinzhal means ‘dagger’.
  • It is a nuclear-capable air-launched ballistic missile that flies at 10 times the speed of sound and can overcome air-defence systems.
  • Range: Approximately 1,500-2,000km and can carry a payload of 480 kg.
  • Following the launch, the Kinzhal rapidly accelerates to Mach 4 (4,900 km/h), and may reach speeds of up to Mach 10 (12,350 km/hr).
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