Russia launches hypersonic missile dubbed as 'ideal weapon' by Putin

The Russian Aerospace Forces conducts test launch of a Kinzhal hypersonic aviation and missile system

Kinzhal can reportedly reach speeds of around 7,673mph and travel an incredible distance of 1,243 miles (2,000km).

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

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

Since the start of the year, more than 250 sorties have been carried out by the aircraft to ideal the work of the missile systems, the defence ministry said. "Such circumstances do not exist and never will", Putin said, according to Russia's Tass news agency.

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'A decision about using nuclear weapon can be made only if our missile warning system recorded not only the launch of missiles, but also gave an accurate prediction of flight trajectories and the time when the warheads fall on Russian Federation'.

The Russian president's paternal grandfather worked as a chef for the former leaders Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin, Putin says.

On Sunday, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis expressed doubt that Russian Federation had developed such an advanced weapon and said the test would not affect U.S. policy, according to CNN. "And I would just tell you that I saw no change to the Russian military capability and each of these systems (Mr Putin) is taking about that are still years away", he said Monday morning (AEDT). "They did not impact any need on our side for a change in our deterrent posture".

One of the technologies Putin touted was a robotic torpedo that could hit a USA port city, but Mattis said that makes no difference as Russian Federation already can target United States port cities with missiles. "It doesn't change anything other than how much money do they want to spend on something that does not change at all the strategic balance".

During his speech, Putin said the creation of the new weapons has made NATO's US-led missile defense 'useless, ' and means an effective end to what he described as Western efforts to block Russia's military development.

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