Russia Moves Supersonic Missiles Near NATO Assets

Russia has deployed warplanes equipped with the latest hypersonic missiles to the country’s Kaliningrad region, which is close to EU member states and NATO assets.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said three MiG-31 fighter jets with Kunzal hypersonic missiles had arrived at the Chkalovsk air base as part of “additional measures of strategic deterrence” and would be put on “round-the-clock combat duty”.

A video released by the ministry showed the fighters arriving at the base while the missiles were apparently delivered separately.

The deployment of the Kunzal missile comes amid heightened tensions with the West over Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

The Russian military said the missiles have a range of up to 2,000 kilometers (about 1,250 miles) and fly at 10 times the speed of sound.

Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled the Kunzal missile in 2018, calling it “an ideal weapon” that is extremely difficult to intercept.

Moscow has sharply criticized the supply of Western weapons to Ukraine, accusing the US and its allies of fomenting the conflict.

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