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Russian President Vladimir Putin Tests Incredible Nuclear Missile

Russian President Vladimir Putin Tests Incredible Nuclear Missile

Just as America and North and South Korea have agreed to sit down together to talk about nuclear disarmament, Russia has decided now would be a perfect time to remind everyone about its nuclear arsenal.

But this isn't just any ordinary missile.

The Kinzhal missile, also known as the Dagger, can apparently evade air-defence systems and flies 10 times faster than the speed of sound at a casual 7,700mph, according to the Daily Mail.

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Russia's Deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Rogozin, wrote on Facebook: "As a carrier of the Dagger, a supersonic fighter-interceptor MIG-31 was chosen. The work on the modernization of this unique supersonic aircraft, ahead of its time, went in parallel with the development of the weapons themselves

A video has been released of the test, showing a MiG-31 supersonic interceptor jet zooming through the air before it releases the missile.

The Russian Defence Ministry released a statement, saying: "The launch went according to plan, the hypersonic missile hit its target."

The Kinzhal was one of several new weapons unveiled by the Kremlin at the start of the month during Putin's state of the nation address.

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The speech was a message to all Russians that they wouldn't be taking a backseat to global politics and wouldn't be threatened by aggression from other countries.

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Putin revealed a range of intercontinental ballistic missiles, underwater drones and nuclear-powered cruise missiles.

He argued that his country was stockpiling new types of weapons because America pulled out of the anti-ballistic missile treaty with Russia in 2002.

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"You didn't listen to our country then. Listen to us now," he told the crowd.

"I would like to tell those who have been trying to escalate the arms race for the past 15 years, to gain unilateral advantages over Russia, and to impose restrictions and sanctions.

"The attempt at curbing Russia has failed.

Russia's Sarmat missile launch. Credit: PA
Russia's Sarmat missile launch. Credit: PA
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"Both Russia and the entire world know the names of our newest planes, submarines, anti-aircraft weapons, as well as land-based, airborne and sea-based guided missile systems. All of them are cutting-edge, high-tech weapons.

"A solid radar field to warn of a missile attack was created along Russia's perimeter (it is very important). Huge holes appeared after the USSR disintegrated. All of them were repaired."

Putin explained that Russia has weapons that no country on the planet possesses and that tests would keep happening in the Southern Military District to ensure they stayed superior to other country's defence systems.

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Topics: Missile, World News, News, weapons, Moscow, vladimir putin, Russia

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