Russia tests hypersonic missile in far northwestern region

Russia tests hypersonic missile in far northwestern region
Geography of Russia's hypersonic cruise missile test. Google map; author annotation

[Ed. – The activity took place north of the Arctic Circle, but much of continental Russia is north of the Arctic Circle.  The missile was launched from over the Kola Peninsula to an impact point on land, east of the White Sea.  This missile firing wasn’t in the Arctic Ocean.]

Russia’s MiG-31K interceptor jet carried out a test of the Kinjal (Dagger) hypersonic missile in Russia’s part of Arctic earlier this month, TASS new agency reported on Saturday, citing two military sources.

The report came a day after Danish intelligence service warned of intensifying geopolitical rivalry in the Earth’s freezing North, and said that China’s military was increasingly using scientific research in the Arctic as a way into the region.

“The tests took place in mid-November,” TASS quoted one of its sources as saying.

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The MiG-31K interceptor took off from the Olenegorsk airfield in the northern Murmansk region and fired the missile against a ground target at the Pemboi training ground in Russia’s Arctic Komi region, TASS reported. It did not provide any further detail.

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