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Nellie Chapman
March 13, 2018

Crews of the Kinzhal air system comprising a MiG-31 interceptor jet and an advanced hypersonic missile made 250 flights from the beginning of 2018, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday.

The video shows a MiG-31 aircraft carrying a single Kinzhal on its under-fuselage pylons taking off from an airfield in south-western Russian Federation. The ministry said the "launch was conducted normally" and the missile hit its target.

The missile has been deployed in the southern military district since 1 December, he said.

The Kinzhal missile was one of the weapons the Russian president unveiled in his state of the nation address earlier this month, ahead of a presidential election on 18 March that he is all but guaranteed to win.

The Kinzhal, which is said to travel at 10 times the speed of sound, is said to have a range of 2,000km (1,200 miles).

He also called the speech of Putin on the nuclear weapons "disappointing but not unexpected" for the Pentagon.

Russia's defense ministry released a footage showing a large warhead detaching from a jet and blast through the sky, leaving a fiery trail behind. Putin described the missile as the "ideal weapon".

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Since the start of the year, more than 250 sorties have been carried out by the aircraft to flawless the work of the missile systems, the Russian defence ministry said. The flight then continued its way toward Turkey.

However, US defense secretary, James Mattis, talking to reporters while traveling in Oman, said nothing that Russian Federation has shown off changes anything, from the Pentagon's perspective.

Earlier this month, at the heels of Putin's statement on the missiles, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said: "That's certainly something that we did not enjoy watching, we don't regard that as the behavior of a responsible global player".

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White downplayed Putin's comments, saying the USA military was capable of defending the country from any threats.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis noted that some of the comments were little more than election rhetoric, saying that he saw no change to the Russian military capability and that they won't change the military balance.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has revealed that he ordered the downing of a "hijacked" plane that threatened 40,000 spectators who came to witness the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, the media reported.

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