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​russia Strikes Ukraine With Defective Kh-47 Kinzhal Missiles, They Do Not Explode (Photo)

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The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine once again showed the process of disposing of warheads of the russian "hypersonic" Kh-47 Kinzhal missiles
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine once again showed the process of disposing of warheads of the russian "hypersonic" Kh-47 Kinzhal missiles

In addition to the fact that the russian Kinzhal missiles were helpless against the Patriot surface-to-air (SAM) system due to the low culture of production, their warheads do not explode

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine once again showed the process of disposing of warheads of the russian "hypersonic" Kh-47 Kinzhal missiles.

This demonstrates that these missiles, which were presented in russia as the most modern and which "have no analogues in the whole world", do not work at all as expected in the Kremlin. More precisely – they do not work at all.

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Update: later findings indicate that non-triggering of Kh-47 Kinzhal missiles is not a defect but a feature due to a conscious design choice on the part of russian engineers. The text below is left without changes as originally published.

It should be noted, that, firstly, they were able to be shot down by Ukrainian air defense (it is said that with the help of the American Patriot SAM system. Secondly, despite the fact that the warheads of these missiles fall to the ground, a large part of them does not explode. And two such warheads were destroyed the other day in Kirovohrad Region.

The fact is that the warhead of the Kinzhal missile should at least have a delayed-action contact detonator. It should be noted that a warhead of the Kh-47 Kinzhal missile itself must penetrate an obstacle and then explode. But, despite hitting the ground, the detonator does not always go off, as can be seen in the photos presented by theThe Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.

Earlier, on January 5, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine showed the process of disposing of another Kh-47 Kinzhal warhead, which was shot down in the Kyiv region. At the same time, it is known that in January of this year the enemy used a total of 20 of these missiles. January 2 - 10 (all missiles were shot down), January 8 - 4 (all missiles were not shot down), January 13 - 6 (all missiles were not shot down).

Defense Express learned from its own sources that the above-mentioned cases of failure of the Kinzhal’s warheads are far from all such cases. But even three cases are 15% of defective warheads that did not explode.

This may indicate a rather interesting trend that the russian federation has existing problems with the reliability of both the missile and its warhead. It should also be noted that 15% of head unit failures is a very high level of unreliability. Considering the fact that the X-47 Kinzhal is essentially a small-scale, if not an artificial product, this situation is quite telling.

According to a preliminary expert assessment, this may indicate that the quality of russian missiles is declining against the background of russian neglect of quality control for the sake of increasing the number of missiles produced. As a result, the number of defective missiles in the final products of the russians significantly increases.

russian Kh-47 Kinzhal missile, Defense Express
russian Kh-47 Kinzhal missile / Open source illustrative photo

As Defense Express reported, Ukrainian Air Force Revealed How They Managed to Intercept Kh-47 Kinzhal and Other Ballistic Missiles With Patriot/ We also wrote on How Many russian Kinzhal Hypersonic Missiles Were Shoot Down in 2022-2023.

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