By Jonathan Davis
It’s no secret that the Russian military has been working on development of a hypersonic missile that can travel at speeds up to Mach 5 or Mach 6, far faster than any current U.S. missile defense system can track and intercept.
It’s also no secret that Russia is ahead of the U.S. in hypersonic missile development, though the Pentagon has launched a sort of crash development program for hypersonics.
But these weapons really are game-changers in terms of ballistic missiles. And to demonstrate how advantageous they can be, Russia has deployed them in an “experimental” capacity to the top of the world.
As reported by this open source:
The Russian military command has apparently placed the MiG-31 interceptors armed with ballistic missiles in the Kola peninsula, not far from the borders with Finland and Norway. The Barents Observer reported that on December 19, quoting Chief of the General Staff of the Russian army Valeriy Gerasimov.
The official delivered a speech, in which he addressed a wide variety of questions, such as the buildup of strategic nuclear weapons and the future of New START Treaty with the USA, as well as the development of Russia’s forces in the Arctic region.
“The Kinzhal aviation missile system with a hypersonic missile is on experimental combat duty. These missiles were launched at training grounds in various climate conditions, including in the Arctic,” Gerasimov said. “…A network of airports is under development, providing an expansion of the geography of the use of this [missile] complex.”
The outlet specified that “although the General did not name the airports, it is well known that Russia is expanding existing and building new runways at five locations in the High Arctic; Rogachyovo at the southern island of Novaya Zemlya, Nagurskoye on the Aleksandra lsland at Franz Josef Land, Sredniy at Severnaya Zemlya, Kotelny at the New Siberia Islands and Wrangel Island north of the Kamchatka Peninsula”.
The same news outlet reported that Russia tested its new missile on a MiG-29 platform in the Arctic in November.
From that region of the world, Russia has quick-strike capacity against U.S. and NATO targets.