China News Service, March 20. Recently, on the battlefield in Ukraine, the Russian Armed Forces made a "big deal".

  Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Konashenkov revealed on the 19th that in the special operation carried out in Ukraine, the Russian army used the "Dagger" hypersonic missile system for the first time on the 18th to destroy a large underground missile and aviation ammunition warehouse in Ukraine.

  Russian experts said that this is "the first time in human history that hypersonic weapons have been used in actual combat".

  What is so special about the "Dagger" hypersonic missile?

Why is Russia using it in actual combat at this time?

The Russian Defense Ministry posted a video of the missile attack on social media.

Image source: Screenshot of the video of the Russian Ministry of Defense.


What's so special about "Dagger"?

  Since its successful test in 2018, the "Dagger" hypersonic missile has made several appearances in Russian military exercises.

  As an air-based ballistic missile improved from a land-based tactical ballistic missile, its biggest feature and advantage is its excellent penetration capability.

Image source: Screenshot of the BBC report.

  According to reports, the "dagger" can hit all targets at a distance of up to 1,000 kilometers.

In addition, the ballistic trajectory of this type of missile can be adjusted throughout the process, and the trajectory of the ballistic trajectory is unpredictable, which makes interception even more difficult.

  The carrying platform of the "Dagger" itself is the MiG-31 heavy-duty high-speed interceptor. Through multiple aerial refueling, the "Dagger" will have a great reach and extremely high maneuvering speed. The "dagger" of the heart.

  For this reason, Russian President Vladimir Putin once praised the "dagger" - "invincible".


Overkill, huge deterrent?

  While greatly enhancing the strength of the Russian military, the "Dagger" hypersonic missile is also regarded as a weapon for Russia to counter the US aircraft carrier battle formation, and it is a huge deterrent to the US anti-missile system.

  According to the Russian side, the "Dagger" hypersonic missile system equipped with the modernized and improved interceptor fighter has the ability to damage aircraft carriers, destroyers and cruisers.

  The "dagger" is now used to destroy an underground missile and aviation ammunition warehouse in Ukraine. What is Russia's intention?

Is it overkill?

On March 1, local time, two explosions occurred near the TV tower in Kyiv, Ukraine.

  "It's a signal to the West, because Putin is annoyed that the West is transferring arms to (Ukraine)," said Dominika Kunertova of the Zurich Center for Security Studies.

  The site of the Russian attack was in the Ivano-Frankivsk region in western Ukraine.

Ivano-Frankivsk shares a 50-kilometer-long border with NATO member Romania.

  Some analysts said that although the "dagger" served earlier, its accuracy and destructive power have been questioned by some Western experts.

Russia's move may also have deterrent significance for self-evidence.