2022 – Russia displays its hypersonic cruise missile Zircon in a Reuters test at sea

(Reuters) – Russia has successfully tested a supersonic cruise missile Zircon at a distance of about 1,000 km, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday.

Sources said that the missile was launched from the Barents Sea and hit a target in the White Sea. A video clip published by the ministry showed the missile being launched from a ship and launched into the sky on a very steep path.

President Vladimir Putin has described Zircon as part of a new generation of unrivaled weapon systems. Hypersonic weapons can travel nine times the speed of sound, and Russia has already conducted trials of firing zircon from warships and submarines over the past year.

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

Last month it tested a new nuclear-capable ICBM, the Sarmat, which can carry 10 or more warheads and strike the United States.

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