The head of a Kiev research institute said today that preliminary analysis concludedRussiaLast week, hypersonic Zircon missiles were used to attack Kiev. It was the first time that Zircon missiles had been used in the nearly two-year-old Russia-Ukraine war.ukraineAir defense systems present new challenges.
Reuters reported that Oleksandr Ruvin, director of the Kyiv Scientific-Research Institute for Forensic Examination, said on his Telegram channel that his agency had completed its investigation into the Russian attack on the 7th of this month. Preliminary analysis of missile fragments.
He attached a video to his preliminary analysis report, which he said was footage of missile debris that had distinctive markings. “In this case, we see elements characteristic of the 3M22 Zircon missile. There are distinctive markings on parts and fragments of the engine and steering mechanism,” he wrote.
The Russian Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
According to Russia, the Zircon missile has a range of up to 1,000 kilometers and a flight speed 9 times the speed of sound. Military analysts have previously said that the speed of this missile is hypersonic, which could mean that it can significantly reduce air defense reaction time and has the ability to attack large, deep and solid targets.
Russia previously said it would complete testing of the Zircon missile in June 2022; Russian PresidentPutin(Vladimir Putin) called the Zircon missile part of a unique new generation of weapon systems.
If Russia’s use of Zircon missiles in Ukraine is confirmed, the weapon could pose an additional challenge to Ukraine’s air defense system amid uncertainty about future Western military assistance.
Russia regularly conducts airstrikes against Ukraine using various long-range missiles and drones. The Zircon missile was originally designed as a sea-launched weapon, and a land-launched version was later developed.
Luwin’s statement did not mention whether Russia had recently launched weapons from land or sea. He said marks found on the debris showed that the weapon had been collected recently.
An attack in Russia on the 7th of this month killed at least five people and damaged residential buildings and energy infrastructure, officials said.