Russia displays Zircon hypersonic cruise missile in sea test


(Reuters) – Russia successfully test-fired a hypersonic Zircon cruise missile with a range of about 1,000 kilometers (625 miles), the Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday.

It said the missile was launched from the Barents Sea and hit a target in the White Sea. The video released by the ministry showed the missile being launched from a boat and heading towards the sky in a steep trajectory.

President Vladimir Putin described Zircon as part of a new generation of unparalleled weapons systems. Hypersonic weapons travel at nine times the speed of sound, and Russia has tested zircon on warships and submarines over the past year.

The Russian military suffered heavy losses of personnel and equipment during a three-month invasion of Ukraine, which it called “special operations,” but it continued to conduct high-profile weapons tests to remind the world of its prowess in missile technology.

Last month, it test-fired a new nuclear-capable intercontinental missile, the Sarmat, capable of carrying 10 or more warheads and hitting the United States.

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