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 Patriot interceta mísseis Kinzhal (1) infographic
A infografia mostra detalhes do míssil supersónico Kinzhal e como o Patriot o teria intercetado.


Patriot interceta mísseis supersónicos Kinzhal

By Phil Bainbridge

May 17, 2023 - A Rússia atingiu, sem destruir, parte de uma bateria Patriot depois de
a Ucrânia alegar ter usado o sistema de defesa de fabrico americano
para abater seis mísseis supersónicos Kinzhal.

Hypersonic missiles travel at up to ten times the speed of sound, and are designed to evade missile defence systems, partly through their speed, low trajectory, and manoeuvrability, and also due to the formation of a plasma cloud in front of the missile which interferes with radar waves.

Russia claims it is impossible for a Patriot system to intercept a Kinzhal travelling at hypersonic speeds.The optimum point at which to intercept a Kinzhal would be shortly after launch, before it has attained hypersonic speed or begun evasive manoeuvres. The range of the Patriot radar is only 150km, well below the Kinzhal maximum launch range of 2,000km.

PUBLISHED: 17/05/2023; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: YouTube