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14 May, 2019 20:10

Putin inspects MiG-31 jet with hypersonic Kinzhal missile ahead of talks with Pompeo (VIDEO)

Putin inspects MiG-31 jet with hypersonic Kinzhal missile ahead of talks with Pompeo (VIDEO)

President Vladimir Putin made a stop in Russia’s Southern Astrakhan region to look over some of the country’s most impressive modern aerial weaponry, including a MiG-31 jet armed with the “invincible” hypersonic Kinzhal missile.

Just before heading to Sochi for a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, President Putin made a grand entrance in the Southern city of Akhtubinsk accompanied by an entourage of six Su-57 jets. The pit-stop was made so the president could see an exposition of the latest and most powerful weapons Russia has in its aerial combat arsenal.

Aside from the supersonic interceptor MiG-31, the president also got a sneak peek at some up-and-coming unmanned aerial tech currently in development. The inspection also included Russian air force standards like the Sukhoi Su-35 and Su-30SM fighters, and the Navy’s MiG-29K.

Putin’s tour is part of a series of meetings dedicated to improving the country’s military capacity. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitri Peskov was sure to tell the press, however, that the visit was not intended to send any signals before Putin sat down for talks with the hawkish Pompeo.

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