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Kh-47M2 Kinzhal

Air-launched ballistic missile

Kinzhal missile

The Kh-47M2 Kinzhal air-to-ground missile can reportedly carry a nuclear warhead

 
 
Country of origin Russia
Entered service 2018
Missile
Missile length ~ 8 m
Missile diameter ~ 1 m
Fin span ~ 1.5 m
Missile launch weight ~ 1 000 kg
Warhead weight ?
Warhead type conventional or nuclear
Range of fire up to 2 000 km (?)
CEP 10 ~ 20 m

 

   The Kh-47M2, also nicknamed "Kinzhal" (Dagger), is a new Russian air-launched ballistic missile. Some sources report that this missile is hypersonic. Since 2017 this missile was tested and evaluated by the Russian military. This missile was first publicly revealed in 2018. By 2018 only a small number of these missiles were built for trials and evaluation. In 2018 a total of 10 MiG-31K long-range multi-role fighters were fitted with these missiles and were used operationally. Currently there is little known about this missile and its capabilities. Interestingly, there is no information available on the original Kh-47 missile, rather than its improved "M2" version.

   The Kinzhal resembles an air-launched version of the Iskander short-range ballistic missile. However despite similar appearance it is a completely different design. The Kh-47M2 Kinzhal is a long-range standoff weapon. It resembles a US AGM-69 SRAM air-launched ballistic missile that was adopted in the early 1970s. Its role is to suppress hostile defenses and engage important targets. It can also engage hostile warships, such as aircraft carriers, cruisers and destroyers.

   The Kinzhal missile is carried and launched by MiG-31K long-range multi-role fighters. It is planned that it will be also carried by a new Su-57 stealthy multi-role fighters.

   Some sources report that this missile has a maximum range of up to 2 000 km. If these reports are correct it means that this missile significantly extends the range of Russian multi-role fighters, that previously carried air-to-ground missiles with a maximum range of several hundred kilometers. Claimed range of the Kinzhal approaches that of Kh-55SM, Kh-101, and some other air-launched cruise missiles, that are carried by long-range strategic bombers.

   The Kh-47M2 reportedly travels at a speed of Mach 10 (around 12 000 km/h). At such speed it takes just over 10 minutes for the missile to reach its maximum range. Though these claims might not be true. Recently there were numerous false statements, including official ones, about the latest Russian weapons, exaggerating their capabilities. These false statements went to that extent, that in 2018 Russian president Putin announced a number of new weapons and some of them are clearly fake ones.

   The Kinzhal can carry conventional high explosive, or a low-yield nuclear warhead.

   This missile maneuvers during all stages of its flight in order to overcome hostile air defense systems.

   Latest Russian air-to-ground missiles are pretty accurate due to the use of modern guidance systems with satellite navigation capability. Most likely that the Kinzhal is no exception. It could have a CEP or around 10-20 meters.

 

 

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