The Russian military says it has deployed warplanes armed with state-of-the-art hypersonic missiles to the country’s westernmost Baltic region, a move that comes amid soaring tensions with the West over Moscow’s action in Ukraine.
Russia’s Defense Ministry says three MiG-31 fighters with Kinzhal hypersonic missiles arrived at the Chkalovsk air base in the Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad as part of “additional measures of strategic deterrence.”
The ministry says the warplanes will be put on round-the-clock alert.
A video released by the Defense Ministry shows the fighters arriving at the base but not carrying the missiles, which were apparently delivered separately.
Russia moving MIG-31 armed with hypersonic missiles to Kaliningrad. pic.twitter.com/wUZkPh0oxq
— србин (@forzaserbia) August 18, 2022