Russian Military Launches Oniks Supersonic Cruise Missile

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Russian Defense Ministry released footage of a new test firing of the Oniks combo, which launched from Chukotka, a large region in the far East, on September 26. The fired missile traveled over 124 miles before successfully hitting the target ship, according to Russia Today (RT).

Thanks to Russian Today, we know that a Oniks cruise missile is a projectile designed to go through the anti-missile system on US Navy warships. Oniks have an engine capable of reaching mach 2 (1535 mph). The Oniks missile is used on Russian Navy ships but can also be used by the launchers of the Bastion Coastal Defense System. 

According to RT, this missile test “..(creates).threats to European security”

The source stated that the Russian Defense Ministry declared that a dozen ships and reconnaissance aircraft were deployed to ensure that the firing test was safe.

“We’ve said in public already that we’re not going to deploy (a cruise missile)” declared Russian President Vladmir Putin, “after the Americans tested such a missile.” He said Russia knew that the US was making weapons prohibited by the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty for “ quite a long time,”  reported  CNBC 

According to the US Pentagon, the missile “accurately impacted the target;” it flew more than 310 miles.

Armscontrol.org stated that the INF treaty was an agreement with the US and USSR (now the Russian Federation) on the expulsion of intermediate and shorter range missiles. This treaty was signed by Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Raegan. 

The Russian Defense Ministry released footage of a new test firing of the Oniks combo, which launched from Chukotka. The fired missile successfully hit the target ship. The Defense Ministry declared that a dozen ships and reconnaissance aircraft were deployed to ensure that the firing test was safe stated CNBC.

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