Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoigu stated that Mikoyan MiG-31 supersonic interceptor aircrafts equipped with Kh-47M2 “Kinzhal” hypersonic aero-ballistic missiles would take part in the Victory Day parade in Moscow on May 9.
“Apart from advanced Su-57, Su-30SM and MiG-29SMT aircraft, upgraded MiG-31K fighters armed with the cutting-edge Kinzhal hypersonic missile systems will take part in the parade’s air component,” Shoigu said, commenting the Victory Day parade, according to the Russian news agency TASS.
Shoigu pointed out that 190 units of military equipment that “identify modern outlook of the Russian Armed Forces” would be shown at the Red Square.
On March 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled the project of the Kinzhal hypersonic aero-ballistic missile platform. According to Putin, the Kinzhal missile can fly at more than 10 times the speed of the sound and is capable of maneuvering and overcoming existing and future air defense and anti-ballistic missile defense systems.
On May 5, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said in an interview published on the Zvezda TV channel website that ten MiG-31 jets armed with Kinzhal hypersonic missiles are already on test combat duty.
“It is a cutting-edge weapon, namely a hypersonic long-range missile capable of overcoming air and missile defenses. It is invincible, having serious combat might and potential. The MIG-31 is its carrier as the jet is the most fitted for accelerating this missile to required speeds,” he said. “In support that it is not something exotic, [I’ll say] today ten jets have gone on test combat duty and are ready for use depending on the situation.”
Photos of MiG-31 jets armed with Kinzhal hypersonic missiles: