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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Jul 2018 9:12 p.m. PST

"Russia may test its Kh-47M2 Kinzhal aero-ballistic missile onboard the Tupolev Tu-22M3 Backfire bomber, which would greatly extend the number of targets Moscow could hold at risk with the new weapon.

The missile is currently launched from onboard the Mikoyan MiG-31K variant of the Mach 2.83-capable Foxhound interceptor, but the Kinzhal might be better operationally suited for a bomber.

"I believe it is speed that matters," retired Lt. Gen. Mikhail Oparin, former commander of the Russian Aerospace Forces Long Range Aviation branch, told the state-owned TASS news agency…."
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Lion in the Stars04 Jul 2018 1:20 p.m. PST

So, it's a cousin to the USAF's ASM-135 ASAT. Needs to be launched while supersonic.

Dang big missile, too, the MiG31 is a huge airplane.

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