British intelligence has highlighted Ukraine's notable success in intercepting Russia's advanced "superweapon," the Kinzhal missiles. This development was reported by the European Pravda, citing a recent intelligence review of the Russian-Ukrainian war by the British Ministry of Defence.
In March 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the Kinzhal missile as part of Russia's arsenal of six "superweapons," intended to be a cornerstone of the country's future military doctrine.
The Kinzhal, an air-launched ballistic missile, has been reserved by Russia for highly valuable and well-protected targets.
On December 14, 2023, the Russian Air Force likely deployed the Kinzhal missile for the first time since August 2023. The missile was launched into central Ukraine, with a probable target being a military airfield.
Despite its advanced capabilities and the emphasis on its invincibility, the Kinzhal missile has had a controversial combat debut in the Ukraine war.
British analysts pointed out that many of these missile launches likely failed to reach their targets. Moreover, Ukraine has demonstrated the ability to intercept attacks from this advanced missile system, challenging its supposed invulnerability.
This interception of the Kinzhal missiles by Ukrainian forces marks a significant achievement in the ongoing conflict and underscores the resilience and capability of Ukraine's defense strategies against Russian military advancements.
The success in intercepting these missiles not only has tactical implications but also serves as a symbolic blow to the prestige of Russia's highly touted military technology.