US Missile Defense System fails to shoot down Russian hypersonic after being targeted

Weapons systems put on display during North Korea's military parade on October 10, 2020. (Rodong Sinmun - News1)

Revelations 6:3-4 “when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

Important Takeaways:

  • Russia’s Hypersonic Strike on Ukraine’s Patriot Missiles is a Very Good Sign For North Korea
  • On May 16, as part of a series of Russian missile strikes on the Ukrainian capital Kiev Russian Air Force, MiG-31K strike fighters launched Kh-47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic ballistic missiles against Patriot air defense systems recently delivered by the United States
  • The Patriot is the Western world’s premier ground-based long range air defense system, and has been widely fielded not only by NATO members the United States, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania and Spain, but also by key East Asian security partners including Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
  • The Kinzhal missile strike was confirmed by Western sources to have disabled the targeted Patriot system, with Russian sources reporting that the radar and command vehicle and five launch batteries were neutralized after firing 32 surface to air missiles to attempt to stop the incoming strike.
  • The success of the Kinzhal in neutralizing Patriot batteries partly vindicates not only Russia’s massive investment in missile systems such as Iskander-Ms, but also North Korea’s placing of an even more extreme emphasis on these kinds of assets.
  • North Korea has notably invested in a much wider range of launch vehicles for the KN-23, including wheeled, tracked, rail based and even submersible launchers, in contrast to the Iskander-M which has been deployed only from the Belarusian MZKT-7930 wheeled vehicle.
  • North Korea can potentially similarly use the KN-23 neutralize enemy air defenses and thus leave targeted territories much more vulnerable to its wider arsenals.

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