The Kh-47M2 Kinzhal ("Dagger") is a Russian nuclear-capable air-launched ballistic missile. It has a claimed range of more than 2,000 km (1,200 mi), Mach 10 speed, and an ability to perform evasive maneuvers at every stage of the flight. It can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads and can be launched from Tu-22M3 bombers or MiG-31K interceptors. It has been deployed at airbases in Russia's Southern Military District. The missile entered service in December 2017 and was unveiled by Russian President Vladimir Putin on 1 March 2018 as one of six new strategic Russian weapons.
The missile is designed to target US and NATO warships posing a threat to strategic missile systems in Russia’s European part and to destroy NATO missile defence system and ballistic missile defense ships and land objects close to Russia borders, such as one in Romania. It is designed to overcome any known US air or missile defense systems as of 2018 including MIM-104 Patriot, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense and Aegis Combat System. 
The missile first stage is probably shared with 9K720 Iskander and the guidance section is specifically designed for this missile. It is capable of attacking fixed and movable targets such as aircraft carriers. The missile accelerates to hypersonic speed within seconds of launch and performs maneuvers at all stages of the flight trajectory to evade enemy missile defenses.
Russian media claims the missile's range will be 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi; 1,100 nmi) when carried by the MiG-31K and 3,000 kilometres (1,900 mi; 1,600 nmi) when carried by the Tu-22M3.
American commentators have been skeptical about Russian claims about the weapon.
The first operational unit armed with Kinzhal was formed in Southern Military District of Russia in December 2017.
As of July 2018, crews of the MiG-31K attack aircraft in role of Kinzhal missile carrier have performed more than 350 training flights with the missile, of which 70 have been carried with mid-air refueling.
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