Russian Civilians Recover Aerodynamic Cap of Kinzhal Hypersonic Missile, Ryazan, Russian Federation

After country-wide strikes on Ukraine last night by drones, long-range aviation, and tactical aviation armed with hypersonic missiles, Russian civilians in Ryazan have recovered parts of a Kh-47M2 “Kinzhal” Hypersonic Missile.

In the pictures below, posted by a Russian military blogger on VK, the aerodynamic protective cap of the Kinzhal’s engine is shown in a snow-covered field and eventually the back of a civilian van. The pictures were also posted on TG page “RussianArms”. The poster claims that this cap is fired off of the missile before engine ignition. These were taken near Aleksandro-Nevskii in Ryazan Oblast, Russian Federation.

The Kh-47M2 Kinzhal (Russian: ?-47?2 (DAGGER), NATO reporting name: AS-24 KILLJOY) is a Russian hypersonic air-launched ballistic missile. It has an estimated range of 290–300 mi and a reported top speed of Mach 10. It can carry either conventional or nuclear warheads and can be launched by Tu-22M3 bombers or MiG-31K interceptors (as shown below).

 

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Ethan Alun
Ethan Alun
A United States Naval Academy and American Military University Alumni, Ethan covers flash military, intelligence, and geo-political updates.
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