Sunday, September 3, 2023

OK, This Is Huge!!

I mean it. TASS reports. 

МОСКВА, 4 сентября. /ТАСС/. Многофункциональный сверхзвуковой истребитель-бомбардировщик Су-34 применил гиперзвуковую ракету "Кинжал" в ходе спецоперации на Украине. Об этом ТАСС сообщил источник в военном ведомстве. "Самолет Су-34 применил гиперзвуковую ракету "Кинжал" в ходе СВО. Первый экипаж, который успешно выполнил такую задачу, был представлен к госнаградам", - заявил собеседник агентства. "Кинжал" - это новейший российский комплекс с гиперзвуковыми аэробаллистическими ракетами. Носителем ракет является специально оборудованный для этого перехватчик МиГ-31К. Кроме того, ранее сообщалось, что под "Кинжалы" должны быть оборудованы стратегические бомбардировщики Ту-22М3 и истребители-бомбардировщики Су-34.

Translation: MOSCOW, 4 September. /TASS/. The Su-34 multifunctional supersonic fighter-bomber used the Kinzhal hypersonic missile during a special operation in Ukraine. This was reported to TASS by a source in the military department. "The Su-34 aircraft used the Kinzhal hypersonic missile during the NWO. The first crew that successfully completed such a task was presented with state awards," the agency's interlocutor said. "Kinzhal" is the latest Russian complex with hypersonic aeroballistic missiles. The carrier of the missiles is the MiG-31K interceptor specially equipped for this purpose. In addition, it was previously reported that Tu-22M3 strategic bombers and Su-34 fighter-bombers should be equipped with Kinzhals.

I hope I do not need to elaborate on massive strategic implications of that. Russia has around 160 of these powerful planes (now, most likely even more) and Su-34 is a mainstay of Russia's ground-attack combat aviation in full and expanding production cycle. 

Mathematics here is simple--it increases by order of magnitude the number of carriers of Kinzhal and with the combat range of Su-34 with full 12 ton load in excess of 1,100 kilometers one can only imagine what a nightmare for anyone in the ocean the news of a take off of a squadron (between 8 and 12) of such birds would mean. So, they did figure out how to integrate Kinzhal with Su-34. Now, gentlemen, start your stop-watch before 3M22 Zircon gets integrated with Su-30SM/35 and same Su-34.

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