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Russia deploys hypersonic missiles to Kaliningrad

Unit will be "round-the-clock combat duty".

18 August, 17:00
(ANSA-AFP) - MOSCOW, AUG 18 - Russia on Thursday relocated three warplanes equipped with hypersonic missiles to its exclave of Kaliningrad on the coast of the Baltic Sea. Wedged between EU and NATO members Lithuania and Poland that have firmly backed Ukraine in the conflict with Moscow, the heavily militarised region of Kaliningrad does not share a land border with Russia.

On Thursday, "three Mig-31i aircraft with Kinzhal hypersonic missiles were relocated to the Chkalovsk airfield in the Kaliningrad region," Russia's defence ministry said in a statement. It said that they will be on "round-the-clock combat duty". Russian President Vladimir Putin, who unveiled the Kinzhal missile in 2018, has termed it "an ideal weapon" that flies at 10 times the speed of sound, making it extremely difficult for missile defences to intercept. (ANSA-AFP).

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