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Russia demonstrates its capabilities: British intelligence on Zircon hypersonic missile

14 February, 2024 Wednesday
12:55

Russia used its Zircon hypersonic missile system during the attack on Ukraine on February 7. In this way, Russia is trying to demonstrate its capabilities

The UK Ministry of Defenсe writes about this.

The intelligence agency cites a study conducted by the Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise. It is noted that Russia used its Zircon hypersonic missile system on February 7.

The video of the wreckage shows fragments of the engine and control mechanisms with specific markings that, according to the report, are typical of a 3M22 Zircon missile.

According to intelligence, the absence of vessels known to carry missiles in the Black Sea raises questions about the launch method. Probably, the Russian K-300 ground-based coastal defense system has been adapted for this purpose. If its use is confirmed, intelligence sources say, it will pose a serious challenge to Ukraine's air defense because of its speed and maneuverability.

"It is likely that the Russians are testing a new operational weapon system in a live conflict environment to provide assurance and demonstrate capabilities," the intelligence added.

For reference. The 3M22 Zircon is an anti-ship hypersonic cruise missile that was adopted into service in January 2023. Russia claimed the following characteristics: range - 600-1500 km, speed up to Mach 8-9, warhead weight about 300-400 kg, length 8-10 m.

  • On the morning of February 7, Russia launched cruise missiles and attack drones at Ukraine. There were hits in different regions, people were killed. On the morning of February 7, Russian troops attacked Kyiv and the region: four people were killed in the attack, at least 40 were injured in Holosiivskyi district and three in Dniprovskyi district. Among them is a pregnant woman. A heating main and 2 high-voltage lines were damaged in the capital, leaving 355 residential buildings without heating.
  • The Russian Federation launched 64 air targets and spent at least $423 million during a massive attack on Ukraine on February 7.
  • The Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise has preliminarily established that on February 7, Russia attacked Ukraine with a 3M22 Zircon anti-ship hypersonic cruise missile.
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