Mikoyan MiG-31K fighter jets with Kinzhal hypersonic missiles fly over Moscow’s Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow, Russia, on May 09, 2018. Russia has claimed it used these missiles for the first time in combat with Ukraine. (Image credit: Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Russia claims to have used its Kinzhal hypersonic missiles for the first time, in its invasion of Ukraine — perhaps heralding a new era when these super-fast weapons could come to dominate warfare.

Russia announced on Saturday (Mar. 19) it had used the Kh-47M2 Kinzhal missile system — its name means “dagger” in Russian — to destroy a weapons depot in western Ukraine, according to a report by Reuters news agency that quoted the independent Russian news agency Interfax. 


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