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Russia Defence Ministry releases video of hypersonic missile test

13 March 2018

Russia's Vladimir Putin ordered the downing of a passenger plane that had reportedly been overtaken by hijackers planning to target the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014, the President said in a new film.

"A MiG-31 fighter crew of the Russian Aerospace Forces conducted a combat training launch of a hypersonic missile of the Kinzhal high-precision air missile system in the designated area".

"The launch went according to plan, the hypersonic missile hit its target", the ministry said, in the backdrop of Russian presidential elections, due in a week's time.

The Defense Ministry, in a statement, said Saturday the hypersonic missile was launched from a MiG-31 supersonic interceptor jet that took off from an airfield in the South Military District in Russia's southwest.

The country's Ministry of Defense released what it says is a video showing the missile being dropped from a plane followed by a fiery tail.

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The Kinzhal is a formidable weapon that has an effective range of 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) and can travel at 10 times the speed of sound.

He also showed video footage of the launch of a new heavy intercontinental ballistic missile on big screens.

Kinzhal missile can make hard maneuvers, allowing it to overcome any defense systems.

Using colorful graphics and video, Putin said Russian Federation had also tested a nuclear-powered cruise missile and a high-speed underwater drone capable of carrying a nuclear warhead that, he claimed, would be impossible to intercept.

ADL head Jonathan Greenblatt issued a statement saying that "as the Russian government faces expanding evidence and new questions about possible meddling in U.S. elections, President Putin bizarrely has resorted to the blame game by pointing the finger at Jews and other minorities in his country".

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The passenger involved in the incident was drunk and the plane would continue to Turkey.

Mattis said he sees no change in Russias military capability in light of Russian President Vladimir Putins recent speech in which he said Russia has nuclear weapons capable of attacking the United States. "They do not represent the interests of the Russian state", Putin said.

"They told me: an aircraft from Ukraine to Istanbul was kidnapped, and the kidnappers want a landing in Sochi", Putin says.

"They do not impact any need on our side for a change in our deterrent posture", Mattis said in comments during a March 9 flight to Oman that were released by the Defense Department on March 11.

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Russia Defence Ministry releases video of hypersonic missile test