Ukrainian Patriot Missile Defense System Shot Down Four Kh-47M2 Kinzhal Hypersonic Missiles

Kinzhal hypersonic missile debris collected by Ukrainian troops. Ukrainian PAC3 missile shot down Russian hypersonic missile. Photo Ukrainian MoD.

On the morning of 11 August, the Russian Federation launched four Kh-47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic missiles at Ukraine. Ukrainian defense troops were able to shoot down four Kh-47M2 Kinzhal.

The Patriot missile defense systen again proved its effectiveness against air-launched Kinzhal hypersonic ballistic missiles.

The missiles were launched by four MiG-31K fighters and entered Ukrainian airspace from the northern side.

The Kh-47M2s were travelling towards Kolomyia airfield in Ivano-Frankivsk region. One pseudo-hypersonic missile was destroyed within the Kyiv region, while the others struck near the airfield.

The Ukrainian Air Force claimed hits on civilian infrastructure and the residential sector. One child was killed in the missile strike.

We refer to the Kh-47M2 as pseudohypersonic missiles because they are an Iskander ballistic missile modified to be launched from an aircraft. In the terminal phase of flight, its speed is far from hypersonic (6174 km/h).

To counter the Kh-47M2, Ukraine has Patriot surface-to-air missile systems. The US Army recently confirmed the transfer of five types of interceptors, including the PAC-3 MSE. We have a separate large text about it.

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