Russia test-fires Putin's 'ideal' hypersonic Kinzhal (Dagger) missile

Russia’s new hypersonic missile put through military tests

In this video grab on March 1, 2018, a Russian MiG-31 fighter jet releases the new Kinzhal hypersonic missile during a test at an undisclosed location in Russia.

"The launch went according to plan: the hypersonic missile hit its target", the ministry reportedly said. "The launch was successful, the hypersonic missile hit the designated target at the field", the statement added.

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The Russian Defense Ministry shared a video of the launch on Twitter, showing the jet carrying a large missile.

Set to rousing, patriotic music, the video then shows a missile detaching from the airborne plane and gliding across the dark sky, leaving a fiery trail behind.

The missile is one of a range of next generation nuclear weapons unveiled by Russian President Vladimir Putin on March 1 that are created to get past America's defense systems.

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Due to the high performance of the MiG-31 aircraft and the hypersonic missile with low radar visibility and high maneuverability, Kinzhal has no known peer-rivals in any other country, according to the TASS report.

The missile has been deployed in the Southern Military District since December 1, he added.

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White downplayed Putin's comments, saying the US military was capable of defending the country from any threats.

Mr Putin is widely expected to be re-elected as Russia's president in a week's time.

Putin said Washington unilaterally withdrew from the agreement under former President George W. Bush to advance its missile technology, but Moscow has made sure that its strategic weapons can get past any modern U.S. system.

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