Russia's Supersonic Bombers To Launch Hypersonic Missiles

Russia is set to test its Kh-47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic aero-ballistic missile onboard the Tupolev Tu-22M3 supersonic bomber, enabling Moscow to strike enemy targets from long-range with missiles capable of traveling Mach 10, putting much of Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific, and North America at risk of a hypersonic attack.

This could be problematic for the Americans, as Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, recently warned the Senate Armed Services Committee that the U.S. is extremely vulnerable to future attack via hypersonic threats. Hyten even stressed we [U.S.] are falling behind in the technological know-how to defend the homeland from the danger, as Russia advances its hypersonic program.

While the Americans are behind the hypersonic curve, Russia has spent the last six months air-launching the Kinzhal hypersonic missile from the Mikoyan MiG-31 supersonic interceptor aircraft.

Speaking to the state-run news agency TASS, retired Lt. General Mikhail Oparin, former commander of the Russian Aerospace Forces Long Range Aviation branch said the Russian Air Force is planning to test the Kh-47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic missile onboard the Tupolev Tu-22M3 supersonic bomber, in a significant shift of aircraft type — that could strike fear in NATO officials.

The supersonic bomber “suits perfectly” for Kinzhal hypersonic missiles’ trials by its mass and volume characteristics, Oparin told TASS. “The MiG-31 has higher supersonic speed than the Tu-22M3 but now that a possibility has emerged to test the missiles aboard a long-range plane, this has to be done. This will raise the combat potential of the Aerospace Force and add might to it,” he emphasized.

Though the supersonic bomber is capable of reaching Mach 1.88, it does not share the same acceleration, speed or altitude capabilities of the MiG-31K. Even with one hypersonic missile, the MiG-31 can travel Mach 2.35 with a service ceiling of about 67,500ft. It is rumored that the supersonic bomber could carry 2 to 4 hypersonic weapons, which would be a dramatic increase from just one with the MiG-31K.

“The tests are needed to see whether it [the supersonic bomber] will be capable of accelerating the missile and to get the results,” Oparin said. “For long-range aircraft pilots, the missile is sooner of the tactical scope but at the same time it has clear advantages by its capabilities of breaching enemy anti-ballistic missile defenses.”

Since Russian President Vladimir Putin used his state-of-the-nation speech in March to deliver a stern warning to the U.S. that Russia possesses hypersonic weapons that can render NATO’s U.S.-led missile defense system completely “useless.” Russia has been extremely vocal about its hypersonic program. Officials claim the Kinzhal has a range of roughly 1,200 nautical miles and can defeat most Western missile defense shields.

“The Kinzhal high-precision hypersonic aero-ballistic missile that flies at Mach 10 is already in service with our army in the Southern Federal District, as I have already said,” Russian President Vladimir Putin reemphasized last month during a televised call-in show in June. “If anyone doubts this, they can look and see, we made a point of demonstrating the launch of this missile.”

It is apparent the Kinzhal hypersonic missile has been deployed in a limited capacity, but eventually, it seems, the missile that can travel at Mach 10 and defeat NATO missile shields, could become more widely integrated into other Russia strike platforms such as Tu-22M3, Tu-160, and even the Su-30SM. Meanwhile, the Americans have yet to deploy a hypersonic missile.


Lordflin Tue, 07/10/2018 - 04:16 Permalink

Russia, with a GDP of not much more than our military spending... someone is not getting much bang for their buck.

Or, alternatively, MIC scare tactics...

How many world ending scenarios am I presented with each day? I will tell you what concerns me. The fact my children cannot receive an education without indenturing themselves to the Masters for the entirety of their lives. One daughter has dropped out of med school over costs... my other daughter has put herself drastically into debt in route to her PhD in ecology (studying pollinator systems... actually doing something useful). Who knows when she will pay the costs off... and she has not even hit mortgage (use to be the one big debt), car loans, etc, etc.

My children will never be out of debt. But I am going to sit here and worry about imaginary weapon systems, or if they are real, so what? We can already destroy everything over and over again.

The insanity of this world is beyond belief... Russian missiles fall way down the lists of concerns.

silver140 Lordflin Tue, 07/10/2018 - 04:28 Permalink

Why not mention that Russia does not have a first strike policy, that these are weapons used to respond to an attack, not to initiate one. So, yes, an MIC article to scare the US citizenry, a population that is going to be asked to support war in Iran, and eventually, Russia and China. Parasitoid corporate fascists use articles like this to accomplish their life strategy.

" parasitoid is an organism that lives in close association with its host and at the host's expense, and which sooner or later kills it. Parasitoidism is one of six major evolutionary strategies within parasitism. Parasitoidism is distinguished by the fatal prognosis for the host, which makes the strategy close to predation. "

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Theosebes Goodfellow Zero Point Tue, 07/10/2018 - 06:26 Permalink

~Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, recently warned the Senate Armed Services Committee that the U.S. is extremely vulnerable to future attack via hypersonic threats.~

Excuse me General Hyten, but when did MAD become obsolete? You want to stop this nonsense? Have Trump announce that should the USA ever have a nuclear weapon used against it on its soil it would initiate a full blown MAD of its entire nuclear arsenal against all parties, everywhere.

Who started it would not matter. Everybody gets a USA smackdown. Period. That would stop that shit in its tracks. Seriously, can we move on now, please?

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geno-econ null Tue, 07/10/2018 - 10:57 Permalink

Considering Russia sold Alaska to America for only $7.2 Million, you would think we would let them hold onto Crimea which was theirs for centuries  to begin with.   Talk about greed and ungratefulness.    Ochen stupid e dorogi

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just the tip Lordflin Tue, 07/10/2018 - 04:48 Permalink

the way i have come to describe russia economically is, a country with five times the population and three fourths the GDP of texas.

actually the numbers are 4.41 times the population and thirteen sixteeths the GDP.  and i thought the people of texas drank a lot of vodka.

all they do is pump oil/gas and make weapons of war.  they are sort of like KSA but without the arms industry.  of course the ZHers will say KSA will run out of oil but russia never will.  their version of the 737/320 aircraft is about seven years behind schedule.  but they got hypersonic weapons, and their AKs can destroy a US aircraft carrier with a single bullet.  commenters and russian botanists claim that russian wheat is not GMO.  yet if you scrace the surface, and read what the agricultural ministers are saying, they are producing a strain of grain that thrives in cold weather.  and the only way to do that is to genetically modify the strain of grain.  but they don't genetically modify the strain of grain.  so that's clear.

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Gold_Spot Big Creek Rising Tue, 07/10/2018 - 09:53 Permalink

Spot on! Selective breeding was the solution for the mankind. Instead, all these African countries received (read somewhere that they got since end of colonial era about 4 quadrillion USD, and they're still live in shit. Literally) Furthermore, adding millions of Africans and interbreed Muslims, definitely is not going to help.

Ask Sparta and the Greek phalanx what success is.


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Katos Lordflin Tue, 07/10/2018 - 06:37 Permalink

As long as we have holes like "Lockheed MARTIN " to throw misselanious taxpayer DOLLARS down,  we'll never be safe!! 1.5 trillion already spent on the F-35 lemon, a lemon that puckers every sphincter in the human body,  while producing pieces of shit?? And of course,  no one holds Lockheed MARTIN accountable for massive waste, because they're all getting thier price of the pie! Russia, practically a 3RD WORLD SHITHOLE,  has better military than the US on 1/100 of the price!

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Mentaliusanything Katos Tue, 07/10/2018 - 06:56 Permalink

To Quote " Can't Fight, Can't Run, Can't Hide" But eventually the F-35 will cure the rust problem and the Ice problem and the computer failure problems and eventually it will be accepted everywhere that is so slow, so fat and so old and unfit for purpose it will be scrapped and a tax loss taken.. Que the F- 45 group strike "force" fighter, Just because we, LHM need more money. Its recognized as a Pig and Norway, for one, wants it buried before it sinks the Sovereign wealth fund.  It is a piece of shit and every one who takes delivery knows it after the 5 failed start up because the weather is rainy or cold or hot or changeable. There is so many to link the truth on this lemon but this one is the least offensive..…

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Lore Tue, 07/10/2018 - 04:43 Permalink

The Russians are basically saying "We know you face declining EROI; we know you face an energy shock, market collapse and debt crisis before the end of this decade; we see that it has been a primary driver behind your foreign policy (among other things); we are telling you that your debt-based "petrodollar" hegemony stops where our hypersonic defense begins, and if you continue to encroach on Russia's borders and make any attempt to seize Russian reserves and infrastructure, or basically fuck with us in your pathological way, we will end you."

It must drive the troglodyte sociopaths crazy, knowing there is someone out there that they can't fuck with.

"Peek-a-boo. I see you."

oncemore1 Tue, 07/10/2018 - 04:52 Permalink

everything can be used, as offensive weapon, but this one, as somebody above writes, is not an offensive weapon.

anyhow, it costs a load of money.

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All the US jets fly above Mach 1 which by this very essence makes them supersonic jets.

Our ICBMs have been hypersonic since the 80s. Nothing has changed other than a bunch of Chinks stealing outdated tech which has long been improved upon and isn't being broadcasted. Try again Tyler's.