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The Air Force of Ukraine Told What russia Spent Six Scarce Kh-47 Kinzhal Missiles On

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MiG-31 with the Kh-47 Kinzhal missil​e
MiG-31 with the Kh-47 Kinzhal missil​e

The russian federation produces less than two Kh-47 Kinzhal missiles per month, and the total stockpile of these missiles at the beginning of 2023 was only 43 units

During the last massive missile attack, which took place on the night of March 9, the russians used six Kh-47 Kinzhal missiles at once.

Before this, the use of these missiles, which can develop hypersonic speed, was isolated and unsystematic. Also, the targets of these strikes were precisely the military objects that the enemy was trying to destroy with the help of these weapons.

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MiG-31 with the Kh-47 Kinzhal missile, The Air Force of Ukraine Told What russia Spent Six Scarce Kh-47 Kinzhal Missiles On, Defense Express
MiG-31 aircraft with the Kh-47 Kinzhal missile

But during the last attack, the targets of the Kh-47 Kinzhal missiles were not military objects, but ordinary transformer substations. Yuriy Ignat, the spokesman of the Air Force Command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, said this on the air of the national telethon "The only news". Noting that the russians are trying to create a picture of "burning Ukraine" and do not spare even such expensive and scarce weapons for this.

Let us remind you that at the beginning of January this year the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reported data on the number of long-range missiles in the Russian Federation. According to this information, as of January 3, the enemy had only 43 Kh-47 Kinzhal missiles.

The Air Force of Ukraine Told What russia Spent Six Scarce Kh-47 Kinzhal Missiles On, Defense Express

As of February 24, 2022, only 20 such missiles were manufactured in the Russian Federation. That is, the actual rate of production of Kinzhal-type missiles is less than two missiles per month, while the russian federation produces about 40 cruise missiles of the Kh-101 and Caliber types together per month.

On the part of Defense Express, we note that the russian federation's use of Kh-47 Kinzhal missiles against transformers has two more possible explanations. The first is that the invaders have coordinates of the only this real objects, because in order to hit a certain object, the enemy must know its exact coordinates. And it is unlikely that the occupiers really want to "waste" scarce weapons on objectively "secondary" targets, at the same time the so-called "military space forces" of the Russian Federation also have to carry out the "plan" of strikes, so it tries to hit those targets whose coordinates are known.

MiG-31 with the Kh-47 Kinzhal missile, The Air Force of Ukraine Told What russia Spent Six Scarce Kh-47 Kinzhal Missiles On, Defense Express
MiG-31 with the Kh-47 Kinzhal missile

Another explanation could be that the occupiers are using these scarce missiles to ensure the appropriate "mass" of the salvo - given the lack of conventional cruise missiles, which quantity become less and less becoue of their their usage in the russia’s war against Ukraine. Kh-22 missiles have been used for this for a long time, but the fact is that the preparation of these archaic missiles for launch may also require restoration work due to their obsolescence, and therefore during the planning of the massive missile attack that took place on the night of March 9, it was decided to use more Kh-47 Kinzhal missiles.

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