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Russian MiG-31 fighters with Kinzhal hypersonic missiles ready to patrol Black Sea

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Russia’s MiG-31 fighter jets carrying Kinzhal hypersonic missiles are ready for aerial patrols over the Black Sea, state news agency TASS reported.

“In fulfillment of the political decision by the country’s leadership, MiG-31 aircraft with Kinzhal missiles are ready for patrolling in the airspace over the Black Sea and are just waiting for an order to come,” TASS reported citing a source close to the Russian defense ministry.

MiG-31 aircraft carrying Kinzhal hypersonic missiles will be escorted by Su-27 fighters in aerial patrols, according to the report.

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The report added that the Kinzhal hypersonic missiles carried by MiG-31K fighter jets that will patrol Black Sea waters will get a capacity to change target acquisition during the flight.

“Now MiG-31K aircraft will start patrols in the Black Sea and Kinzhal missiles that they carry can be programmed directly from their board, i.e. programming will take place from the board of the aircraft and not from the ground, with retargeting during the flight,” TASS reported citing its source.

President Vladimir Putin had announced earlier this month that the Russian Aerospace Forces will conduct patrols over the Black Sea with MiG-31 fighter jets armed with the Kinzhal hypersonic weapons.

“This is not a threat… Based on my instructions, the Russian Aerospace Forces will begin patrols on a permanent basis in the neutral zone of airspace over the Black Sea, and the MiG-31 aircraft will be armed with Kinzhal systems,” Putin said as cited by state news agency Interfax.

The Russian President highlighted that this decision comes against the backdrop of the Middle East conflict and how the US has deployed two aircraft carrier strike groups to the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.

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