Russia is saving hypersonic missiles for future use, and Putin is betting on AI.

So far, Moscow has not employed any hypersonic weapons in large numbers, and Ukraine’s current air defense is impotent against them, according to military expert Yury Netkachev.

“During the entire time of combat action, while carrying out the tasks of the special military operation, the 9-А-7660 Kinzhal hypersonic airborne system has been used only three times,” Netkachev noted.

“Only three missiles were launched and all at important targets. Meanwhile, back in 2021, in the Southern Military District, an entire platoon of the carriers of such weapons, hypersonic long-range fighter-interceptor MiG-31K aircraft, was created. So far there is no information as to how many planes it is supposed to include. Yet, I think that it is no less than 30. And their Kinzhal weapons capacity should be no fewer than 10 units per aircraft. So, potentially, Russia can hit no fewer than 300 strategic targets in Ukraine with 100% probability,” Netkachev said.