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MiG-31s Armed Kinzhal Hypersonic Missiles Conducted Over 380 Patrols, Carried Out Multiple Live Fire Drills

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MiG-31s Armed Kinzhal Hypersonic Missiles Conducted Over 380 Patrols, Carried Out Multiple Live Fire Drills

MiG-31 jets with Kinzhal missiles. IMAGE: RIA Novosti / Aleksandr Vilf

MiG-31 fighter jets armed with Kinzhal nuclear-capable air-launched hypersonic missiles have conducted over 380 patrols over the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, Russian Defense Minister said in a statement on February 20.

According to the Russian military, a flying squadron armed with Kinzhal missiles has been stationed in the Southern Military District since December 1, 2017. MiG-31s armed with these missiles have been carrying out patrols since April 2018.

In 2018, MiG-31s conducted practical launches of Kinzhal missiles at target grounds in various conditions, from the range of over 1,000km. All targets were hit.

In 2018, MiG-31 armed with Kinzhal missiles also participated in a joint drill with Tu22M3 bombers. The drills were designed to practice actions against sea and ground targets.

Shoigu added that the infrastructure for the deployment of the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle system is being created in the region of Orenburg. In December 2019, the missile regiment armed with the Avangard will be placed on combat duty there.

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  • Promitheas Apollonious

    Interesting location. The russians cover the side facing iran and syria and all in between where they place their missiles not european side that means everything there is already covered and sealed.

    • John Whitehot

      yeah well, it also covers Black Sea and possible approaches of carriers just in case the US decides to exit the treaty that forbids entry to the Bosphorous for large ships.

      • Promitheas Apollonious

        of course it covers 2000 km circle.

      • Jesus

        Large NATO ships entering the Black Sea is a suicidal death wish. Russian costal batteries employing antiship missiles would eat them alive.

        • AM Hants

          USS Donald Cook – 1 hour and 24 minutes into this video, shows what happened when he met Bastion, on route to Crimea.

          EXCLUSIVE: The famous Russian documentary on Crimea with Putin FINALLY with SUBS… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Mw4Y9jRwCQ

          • occupybacon

            Give us a break with 2 hours and half of a documentary about everything, tell the story about Bastion and Cook and why was Cook going to Crimea

          • AM Hants

            Cook was going to Crimea, leading a NATO fleet, to kick Russia out of their warm water base. The section on USS Donald Cook, in the brillinat video was around 1 hour and 24 minutes, which I pointed out,l if you did not wish to view the whole of the video.

            Does this article answer your question?

            How Russia Ruined American Plans In Crimea… https://www.fort-russ.com/2016/03/how-russia-ruined-american-plans-in/

          • occupybacon

            I lost it at :

            “On February 13, 2014, when tires and Berkut troops were burning on Maidan, a U.S. Navy squadron led by an aircraft carrier “George Bush”, carrying 90 aircraft and helicopters on board, escorted by 16 warships and three nuclear submarines left Norfolk for the Aegean sea. Ten days later, when President Yanukovych was deposed of power in Kiev, the squadron went through the Bosphorus into the Black sea.”

            Thank you for the good laugh, kind of sad for some Russian people are so naive they can believe an American aircraft carrier sailed in Black Sea, going to attack Sevastopol but if this bullshit keeps you for being hungry good for you.

          • AM Hants

            ROFL laughing with your reply.

            You ignore the reasons why theyu held the 1936 Montreux Convention, plus, what can and cannot go through the ‘Black Sea’. together with why the US is not a signatory to the 1936 Montreux Convention.

            Remember the Crimea War and who was behind it all, including funding?

            Now who has been behind trying to evict Russia from Crimea, in order to have control over the ‘Black Sea’ from Crimea to Constantinople? Now how would that work out. with regards shutting off access to Russia, from access to the Med?

          • occupybacon

            Ok so you believe an US aircraft carrier sailed on the Black Sea and it was ready to attack or enter in Sevastopol. Yay or nay?

          • AM Hants

            USS Donald Cook is a destroyer and yep, the idiots thought it would be easy to take control of Sevestapol.

            The USS Theodore Roosevelt, is the aircraft carrier, which met the Russian submarine, just off the Russian base, in Khaliningrad, over in the Baltic Sea.

            So, days later, I am still ROFL laughing, when you do not know the difference between an aircraft carrier and destroyer, or what happened back in the Black Sea, April 2014. Which was highly amusing in itself.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/671bed926ca6356e78e0b22825ac3d12afd266c35c9e241a367f25e426aa6234.png

          • occupybacon

            you can’t even read

            “On February 13, 2014, when tires and Berkut troops were burning on Maidan, a U.S. Navy squadron led by an aircraft carrier “George Bush”, carrying 90 aircraft and helicopters on board, escorted by 16 warships and three nuclear submarines left Norfolk for the Aegean sea. Ten days later, when President Yanukovych was deposed of power in Kiev, the squadron went through the Bosphorus into the Black sea.”

            it says

            “the squadron led by an aircraft carrier […] the squadron went through the Bosphorus into the Black sea”

          • occupybacon

            Unfortunately it appears that you deleted your comment in which you were replying to my question about the aircraft carrier that sailed through the Black Sea as your article stated

          • AM Hants

            I deleted it, owing to the fact I did not memorise the 2 hour plus documentary and you put no time link to your claim. I did not have the time to go back and watch the whole video, which I have viewed and seriously enjoyed. I placed the time link 1 hour and 24 minutes, which showed what happened to the USS Donald Cook. The aircraft carrier might have led the fleet, when they stuck their noses into the problems in Ukraine, caused by the So ros funded, regime change script, with the aircraft carrier docked outside the Black Sea, with the smaller ships given access to the Black Sea. Now why were NATO conducting yet more exercises on Russia’s borders, when Russia were enjoying the winter olympics. I seriously doubt that you bothered to watch the whole video.

          • occupybacon

            You pasted me that link dude, you didn’t have time to read a 2 mins article and you had 2 hours and half to spend on a “documentary”. I said ok let’s give it a go, let you comment on the article you sent me first then move on the longer part, it looks like you are in love with your “documentary”, you don’t even care about the article you gave me to read.

          • AM Hants

            USS Donald Cook – April 2014. Keep laughing, 1 hour and 24 minutes into this video. What happened when they met ‘Bastion’, just before the Russian military jets, popping down to say hello?

            EXCLUSIVE: The famous Russian documentary on Crimea with Putin FINALLY with SUBS… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Mw4Y9jRwCQ

          • Jesus

            Thanks for the documentary.

          • AM Hants

            So love it, together with sharing it.

      • jako

        “approaches of carriers”?!
        Are you talking about aircraft carriers?!?
        Why on Earth would they do such stupid thing?!
        Air carrier in the Black sea would be like duck in barrel.

        In the shallow Black Sea even NATO destroyers are in grave danger (when they show the flag there) from many Russian Kilo subs, Black sea fleet and Russian naval aviation from Crimea ( Bastion coastal anti-ship batteries not even to mention Kh-32 ant-ship cruise missile! )

        KH-32 has a range of 1,000 km and a speed of 5,000 km/h which no carrier can survive.
        http://www.navyrecognition.com/images/stories/news/2016/august/Kh-32_Anti-ship_cuise_missile_2.jpg

        In the Black Sea was never ever positioned single air carrier (of course not counting those that were built there in Nikolayev shipyard in USSR Ukraine)

        • John Whitehot

          “Why on Earth would they do such stupid thing”

          Because they let jews tell them what is right and what is wrong in this world, so they might be thinking it’s right to commit suicide.

  • jako

    There is NOTHING for “Kizhal” to sink or target in “Caspian Sea” or surroundings!
    In “Caspian Sea” it never was and it never will be anything big enough to sink!!
    The biggest there are the Russian ships and even them are too small for “Kizhal”(if they ever decide to sink their own ships) !

    So “patrols” are only “stand by” for East Mediterranean sea on very short notice!
    Again “patrols” over “Caspian Sea” only serve to attack NATO ships in Mediterranean sea if need be (with Iranian agreement to fly over Iran and hit the NATO aggressor ships from Syria)

    “Kizhal” range is 2000 km + Tu22M3 bombers range is 4000 km average without refueling (and they can refuel if need be).
    So those ships (including air carrier) can be sink from very far away!
    That way they avoid problem to ask flying over ANY NATO country (Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria not even mentioning nonsense of firing missile over Turkey to sink NATO ships!! )!

  • Manuel Flores Escobar

    From Black Sea( over Crimea and under cover of S-400).. they can hit Ramstein air base in Germany…from Caspian sea( near Iran coast) they can Hit US base in Qatar and Jordan..

    • jako

      Why would they target Ramstein-Germany from Black Sea when it is closer from (Kaliningrad) Baltic sea?
      In case of NATO attack on Russia …Naval bases in Middle East are not primary targets.(they can hit them with Kalibre missiles from Caspian sea anyways so I doubt that they would waste Kinzhal’s for that)
      I think that primary targets are above all ABM system in Romania, Poland,ABM radar in Czech Republic (Turkey?) and all major NATO airports and military, naval bases in Europe + air carriers in Mediterranean and Northern sea
      And for destroyers, frigates in Black sea they would use KH-32 which is more than enough.

      • Manuel Flores Escobar

        Of course..but I have only written an example of the capabilities…for example MIg 31 flying over Chukotka can hit Alaska ( Anchorage and ABM, Radar system in all Alaska and parts of Canadá..in less than 10 minutes..

  • meridius

    I wonder whether these missiles ( KINZHAL) can target moving targets at all, like ships. My understanding (and I could be wrong) is that is airborne derivative of Iskander missiles which is employed exclusively against static targets. If that is the case, then Kinzhal is not the answer for ships that can be miles aways from the moment the missile is fired. Until confirmed otherwise, I think Russia primary air borne anti ship missiles is still the recently commissioned (2016) Kh-32 with a max range of 1,000km, with Kinzahl to be used to destroy enemy radars, anti aircraft batteries, fuel and ammunition depots etc.

    • jako

      Wrong.
      “Kinzhal” official main purpose is to be “anti-ship” missile.
      That’s how it was presented from the start by Russian’s!
      As for Iskander … that was only guessing from some Western annalists that “Kinzhal” is air-born Iskander (judged by the shape and evading characteristics of the missile) with no proves.

      Recently Russians have announced that “Kinzhal” can target fix targets as well.
      So being (nuke tipped also) it can be considered as (air-born) tactical nuclear weapon as well (just like Iskander with MUCH bigger range)

      Wikipedi calls it “Russian nuclear-capable air-launched ballistic missile” which is DEAD WRONG because to call some missile “ballistic missile” it takes CHARACTERISTIC BALLISTIC TRAJECTORY that missile must perform from its name comes.
      Kinzhal does not have such trajectory! (see pic. below)
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Projectile_motion#/media/File:Mplwp_ballistic_trajectories_velocities.svg

    • gustavo

      Let us remember that Russia sank a Georgian war ship in motion during their conflict some time ago. What I do not know is whether or not Russia used Kinzhal. So, Russia has full capability to destroy any war ship with any type of motion.