International military expert shared his opinion about the Russian "Daggers"

International expert on Russian aviation Petr Butovsky on the pages of The Drive analyzed the possibilities and facts of the use of the Russian hypersonic missile "Dagger". First of all, he noted the difference in the two versions of missile carriers. The first squadron of 11 vehicles was formed from the MiG-31K, while the second was equipped with the MiG-31I.

The difference between them is not very clear. According to one version, the index "K" received combat vehicles of the first series. MiG-31I, in turn, is a modernized version of the carrier "Dagger"

- the expert considers.

He also disputes the index of the X-47M2 missile itself, considering the correct marking of "Daggers" 9-S-7760. Butovsky recalled that the length of this missile is 7,2 meters, the mass is about 4 tons, and the weight of the warhead is 480 kg. "Dagger" has an inertial guidance system with the addition of satellite trajectory correction. On approaching the target, control passes to the homing system based on radar location correction. Petr Butovsky compares the "Dagger" with the Kh-22 missiles, the carriers for which are long-range Tu-22M3 missile carriers, and states the limited capabilities of Ukrainian air defense against any of these missiles.

In fact, "Dagger" is unlikely to change the rules of the game. Its capabilities do not differ significantly from the existing X-22 / X-32. Of course, the Kinzhal missile flies twice as fast as the Kh-22 and is harder to shoot down, but that doesn’t change much in this war – Ukrainian air defense will not be able to cope with any of these ammunition. Presumably, the "Dagger", created on the basis of a short-range ballistic missile OTRK "Iskander-M", is more accurate

- writes an expert.

The first squadron of eleven MiG-31K / I was formed in December 2017 on the basis of the 929th flight test center of the Russian Defense Ministry. By the end of 2021, a second group of aircraft equipped with hypersonic missiles was formed. During the JMD, three Kinzhal launches were recorded at military facilities in Ukraine at the beginning of the operation, as well as several launches at facilities in the Kharkiv region in September. Butovsky refers to Ukrainian intelligence and claims that the irregular use of "Daggers" is due to the small stock of these missiles in the warehouses of the Ministry of Defense. He assumes that the number of combat-ready missiles does not exceed 40 units.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 21 October 2022 17: 39
    From the first MIG 31k, the role of an interceptor with part of the weapon was officially removed.
    And the MIG31i - apparently finalized, and left the opportunity to be a fighter.

    And rockets are also logical. Tested and Enough
    1. borisvt Offline borisvt
      borisvt (boris) 21 October 2022 19: 21
      yes, they tested, finalized, tested again. Where to rivet a lot of them at once? Sooner or later, any Zelensky will have to be exterminated so that without a miss
      1. Sarmat Sanych Offline Sarmat Sanych
        Sarmat Sanych (Sarmat Sanych) 22 October 2022 20: 52
        borisvt (boris), 9-S-7760 is definitely not less than a hundred, taking into account the pace at which the Russian military-industrial complex produces Iskander-Ms (about 30-40 units annually).
        And yes, the expert is only partially right, within the framework of this conflict, the damage from the use of the "Dagger" and X-22 is comparable, counteraction to both is impossible with the supply of any Western air defense (even those that were not announced). But in the event of a direct collision with NATO, the 9-S-7760 / X47M2 will be much more deadly plus (no matter how skeptics argue) they [albeit limitedly] are able to work on MOVING targets. X-22 / X-32 naturally do not have anything of the kind, and their speed is not 2 times less, but two and a half.
      2. krot Offline krot
        krot (Paul) 22 October 2022 21: 01
        He assumes that the number of combat-ready missiles does not exceed 40 units.

        Because in the light of recent events, it smelled of fried, I think half of the daggers received a special warhead ..
  2. Volkonsky Online Volkonsky
    Volkonsky (Vladimir) 21 October 2022 22: 40
    MiG-31I (product "Ishim") - The aircraft is designed for air launch of small spacecraft weighing 120-160 kg into orbits of 600-300 km.

    This is a secret only for such expert analysts like the one above.
  3. Sergey Bronislavovich (Sergey Bronislavovich) 22 October 2022 22: 00
    For what purpose was this article written, and, moreover, based on Butakovsky's iksperd ??? Since when did the opinion of a "specialist in Russian weapons" of a Russophobe Pole become decisive ??
  4. sH, arK Offline sH, arK
    sH, arK 23 October 2022 16: 55
    The question of why the Dagger, Iskander, Caliber is needed is not worth it. Yes, there are NATO countries, objects with powerful air defense, which Kinzhal and Iskander are focused on. Or objects located in the depths of the territory that the Caliber is aimed at.
    But sorry, the war with Durkaina is neither one nor the other! What prevents the X-22 from being used as a heavy missile, yes, with low noise immunity like anti-ship missiles, but for strikes at static targets such as electrical substations and bridges - an excellent missile! Heavy, but with a powerful warhead, old - well, let's dispose of it! Write them off soon! Missiles are already 40-50 years old, what prevents them from spending money on decommissioning them?! And Dot-U?! What prevents KVO at 150m at a distance of 120 km ?! Yes, all substations, bridges, railway infrastructure - perfect! There were THOUSANDS of missiles! But they were written off? What are they?! Now they could make out 30-40% of the primary targets!
    Maybe it's time to ask the freaks, from our army and others?! Who left 300 billion in other people's accounts?! Maybe it's time to figure it out?