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North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu Inspect Kinzal Hypersonic Missile

North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu jointly examined Russia’s military assets, including the ‘Kinzal’ hypersonic missile, during their visit to Knevich Airport in Vladivostok, Primorsky Krai. This significant event, which occurred on the 16th of this month, highlights the strengthening ties between the two nations in the realm of strategic defense.

Upon his arrival at Knevich Military Airport, Chairman Kim was greeted by an honor guard before embarking on a tour of the Russian Aerospace Forces’ major equipment alongside Minister Shoigu. During this tour, Minister Shoigu showcased the ‘Kinzal’ hypersonic missile system, which is integrated into the Mig-31I fighter jet. Renowned for its impressive capabilities, the ‘Kinzal’, also known as the ‘Kh-47’, can achieve astonishing speeds of more than five times the speed of sound, making it virtually impossible to intercept. This state-of-the-art weapon exemplifies President Putin’s pride and serves as a symbol of Russia’s military might.

Sergei Kobylasi, chief of long-range flight for the Russian Aerospace Forces, provided Chairman Kim and Minister Shoigu with a comprehensive overview of the Kinzal’s combat capabilities and technical specifications. Furthermore, Chairman Kim had the opportunity to inspect three long-range strategic bombers equipped for carrying nuclear weapons. These bombers, namely the Tupolev (Tu)-160 (NATO name Blackjack), Tu-95MS (NATO name Bear), and Tu-22M3 (NATO name Backfire), constitute an integral component of Russia’s formidable nuclear arsenal.

Commander Kobylasi elucidated the attributes and combat capabilities of these bombers, while Chairman Kim inquired about their missile launch mechanisms. Minister Shoigu astutely remarked that one of the strategic bombers could effortlessly make a round trip from Moscow to Japan. He further showcased the latest combat models of the Russian Air Force, including the Su-34, Su-30SM, Su-35S, and Su-25SM3. These cutting-edge aircraft exemplify Russia’s unwavering commitment to maintaining a formidable aerial defense force.

In a reciprocal gesture, Chairman Kim personally presented Minister Shoigu with weapons manufactured in North Korea. It is worth noting that Minister Shoigu’s visit to North Korea in July last year, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of ‘Victory Day’ and the Korean War Armistice Agreement, served as a catalyst for fostering closer ties between the two nations. This exchange of advanced Russian weaponry further solidifies their collaborative partnerships in the defense sector.

Concluding their investigation at Knevich Airfield, Chairman Kim and Minister Shoigu ventured to the anti-submarine frigate named Marshal Shaposhnikov, located within the Vladivostok Pacific Fleet. This collaborative endeavor reflects the shared commitment of North Korea and Russia to enhance their respective defense capabilities and ensure regional stability.

On the 16th (local time), North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu inspect the Russian Kinzal hypersonic missile at Knevich Airport in Vladivostok, Primorsky Krai in Russia. random news
On the 16th (local time), North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un, together with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, inspected Russia’s strategic weapons, including the ‘Kinzal’ hypersonic missile, which President Vladimir Putin highly praised.

On this day, Chairman Kim arrived at Knevich Military Airport near Vladivostok International Airport in Russia’s Primorsky Krai, was welcomed by an honor guard, and then toured the Russian Aerospace Forces’ major equipment with Minister Shoigu.

Russia’s Interfax news agency reported that Minister Shoigu showed Chairman Kim the ‘Kinzal’ hypersonic missile system installed on the Mig-31I fighter jet.

Kinzal, also known as the ‘Kh-47’, is a state-of-the-art weapon that flies more than five times the speed of sound, and President Putin’s boast that it is “impossible to intercept,” which a symbol of Putin’s pride.

Sergei Kobylasi, chief of long-range flight of the Russian Aerospace Forces, reported the Kinzal’s combat capabilities and technical characteristics to Chairman Kim and Minister Shoigu.

Chairman Kim also inspected three long-range strategic bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu speak at Knevich Airport in Vladivostok, Russia, on the 16th (local time). random news
The Tupolev (Tu)-160 (NATO name Blackjack), Tu-95MS (NATO name Bear), and Tu-22M3 (NATO name Backfire) make up the aerial element of Russia’s nuclear power.

Commander Kobylasi also explained the characteristics and combat capabilities of these bombers, and Chairman Kim also asked how missiles are launched from the bombers.

Shoigu told Kim that one of the strategic bombers “could fly from Moscow to Japan and back again.”

Minister Shoigu also presented the latest combat models of the Russian Air Force, including the Su-34, Su-30SM, Su-35S, and Su-25SM3.

Chairman Kim personally presented North Korean-made weapons to Minister Shoigu, who visited North Korea last July to attend the 70th anniversary event of ‘Victory Day’ (Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice Agreement). this day, Minister Shoigu presented the Chairman Kim showed advanced Russian weapons.

After inspecting the Knevich Airfield, Chairman Kim and Minister Shoigu moved to the anti-submarine frigate Marshal Shaposhnikov of the Vladivostok Pacific Fleet.

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