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Jun 10, 2022
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The Pentagon has arranged a hunt for Russian “Daggers”

In the photo: a MiG-31K supersonic fighter-interceptor with a Kinzhal hypersonic missile.

In the photo: the MiG-31K supersonic fighter-interceptor with the Kinzhal hypersonic missile. (Photo: Alexey Nikolsky/Press Service of the President of the Russian Federation/TASS)

This question is asked by many Russian media. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation at the time of preparation of this text has not yet made statements, and Pentagon employees are not jumping for joy that they have gained access to the secrets of the Russian defense industry.

But the New York Times published an article that, among other things, says that US investigators visited Ukraine in May at the invitation of Kyiv, and are now scrupulously examining “every piece of modern Russian equipment that they could get their hands on, for example, small laser rangefinders and cruise missile guidance sections.” So, unfortunately, some equipment did fall into the hands of American experts.

Is there anything related to the “Daggers” and other latest technology among the wreckage that the Americans got, it is not clear from the article. It says that Russian weapons use components of American and European production: microchips, circuit boards, antennas, engines.

Actually, it would be very strange if our “sworn friends” did not study the remains of Russian weapons, especially the latest ones. Surely specially trained people on all fours are crawling over objects that have been hit by high-precision weapons, collecting the surviving fragments down to the last melted nut or microcircuit. What can we say about military equipment damaged during the fighting! What is left of it is also being closely studied.

But we have a lot of things involved in the special operation. And the latest weapons prove their effectiveness and the right to be called the pride of the domestic military industry.

Thus, the Kh-47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic missile system, in question, was used to destroy underground protected storage facilities for Ukrainian aviation weapons and warheads for Tochka-U missile systems located in the Ivano-Frankivsk region, as well as large warehouses fuel in Mykolaiv region |

The speed of a missile fired from the X-47M2 “Dagger” is ten times the speed of sound. The carrier of this missile system is the MiG-31K fighter-interceptor.

Long-range cruise missiles “Caliber” have been used since at least the end of March. At least, the Russian Ministry of Defense on March 23 distributed a video with the launch of eight missiles at once on ground targets.

The firing range of the 3M14 missile of the Caliber sea-based complex is about 1.4 thousand kilometers. At the same time, the missiles can carry a high-explosive fragmentation and penetrating high-explosive part weighing up to 450 kilograms.

Also, during the special operation, operational-tactical missile systems (OTRK) 9K720 Iskander are used. It is clear that not every day, but only for the destruction of especially important objects. As, for example, in the launchers of the Tochka-U complex, which attacked Melitopol.

This complex is specially designed to destroy enemy air and missile defense systems and military installations. The missiles are capable of hitting targets at a distance of 50 to 500 kilometers and carry concrete-piercing, high-explosive fragmentation and special warheads weighing nearly half a ton.

It is also worth mentioning the Su-35 multipurpose super-maneuverable fighter – this is a transitional model between the 4 ++ generation aircraft and the fifth generation Su-57; reconnaissance and attack helicopters Ka-52 and the latest Mi-28NM; UAV “Outpost” … You can’t list everything.

This is how you imagine that the results of the work of our military engineers and mechanics end up in the laboratories of the most likely enemy, it becomes very annoying. Don’t find?

However, special services veteran Alexander Mikhailov I’m pretty sure there’s nothing wrong with that.

– Any weapon is designed to hit the enemy. Naturally, something remains from these weapons, from those shells and missiles that are fired at targets, but I don’t think that after hitting the target, there is an opportunity to study the product that was struck.

As a rule, after the explosion, the hull and other details remain, according to which it is simply impossible to make an overall picture. The same Katyushas were special items during the Second World War, and in no case could they be allowed to fall into the hands of the enemy. But now this kind of weapons are not on the front lines.

As for tanks, armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles – yes, there is a possibility that the enemy will receive them in a relatively intact condition. But learning is one thing, doing is another.

Fighting is always unpredictable and there is always a risk that weapons may fall into the hands of the enemy. And so it was repeatedly. But I do not think that our technique can be exactly reproduced, – says Alexander Mikhailov.

A veteran of the special services adheres to the same point of view. Sergei Goncharov.

— I don’t know what new American experts can learn by studying tanks and armored personnel carriers. There is nothing supernatural in them. If enemy intelligence could find something important in them, then they would simply not be delivered to Ukraine. And at the expense of “Daggers” – spent shells or broken installations are not suitable for proper analysis. If the installation is seized not broken, not touched, in a complete set, then maybe it will be possible to find something on them, but I think that our special services have thought through this option and they simply will not allow this.

The expert also believes that the use of the latest high-precision weapons during the special operation provides an invaluable opportunity to test it in a combat situation.

– The weapons that our Ministry of Defense has been developing already have the opportunity not in scientific, but in the field to be tested. In addition, it is a deterrent. President Putin warned the nationalists that if they do not stop the barbaric shelling of Donetsk, Luhansk and our territory, where there are already casualties among civilians, then we will hit objects that are very dear to the enemy. We have such an opportunity.

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