Russia Tests Kinzhal Missile in Arctic


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On November 30, Russian state media reported the country’s military test fired a Kh-47M2 Kinzhal missile from a MiG-31K earlier this month. The fighter aircraft took off from Olenegorsk air base and fired the Kinzhal against a ground target at the Pemboi training ground in Russia’s Komi Republic. The launch reportedly took place in mid-November. The Kinzhal is an air-launched ballistic missile (ALBM), likely derived from Russia’s ground-launched Iskander-M. It has a range of 1,500-2,000 km.

Update: On December 17, Chief of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasimov confirmed Russia has test fired at least one Kinzhal missile in the Arctic.

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Shaan Shaikh, "Russia Tests Kinzhal Missile in Arctic," Missile Threat, Center for Strategic and International Studies, December 2, 2019, last modified December 18, 2019, https://missilethreat.csis.org/russia-tests-kinzhal-missile-in-arctic/.