On December 14, the Ukrainian Air Force claimed to have yet again successfully intercepted a Russian Kh-47 hypersonic air-launched ballistic missile.

This achievement is particularly noteworthy given the formidable reputation of the Kinzhal as an almost “un-interceptable” weapon due to its high-speed capabilities.

Strategic Interception and Widespread Defense Efforts

According to the Ukrainian Air Force, the Russian missile, aimed at the capital city of Kyiv, was reportedly neutralized by an American-supplied Patriot missile system last Thursday, December 14.

Ukrainian Air Force spokesperson Yurii Ihnat confirmed on local television the missile’s downing, while General Mykola Oleshchuk, Air Force Commander, corroborated this significant defensive action.

Moreover, according to a report by Reuters, the Kinzhal hypersonic missiles were launched via Russian MiG-31K fighter jets.

Apart from Kyiv, two more of these hypersonic missiles are said to have hit the Starokostiantyniv area, which is home to an air base in the Khmelnytskyi region west of the capital that has been repeatedly bombarded over the war’s 21-month duration.