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Russia Tests New Hypersonic ‘Zircon’ Cruise Missiles Successfully

Russia Tests New Hypersonic ‘Zircon’ Cruise Missiles Successfully

Russia Tests New Hypersonic 'Zircon' Cruise Missiles Successfully

Russia has tested about a dozen hypersonic cruise missiles called the Zircon.

According to the Russian news agency Interfax, ten cruise missile frigates and two other missiles were fired from submarines. Russian President Vladimir Putin called the experiment a “big step” for the country.

He says the missile tests are a significant addition to Russia’s defense capabilities. On the other hand, the chairman of the defense committee of the Russian parliament, the Duma, Andrei Kratapulov, has said that the Zircon missile could be launched from the Syrian “Tartus” base and that the whole sea would be targeted.

The Zircon missile Z is capable of flying at nine times the speed of 22 knots and has a range of one thousand kilometers.

The purpose of the Zircon is to arm Russian cruisers, frigates and submarines. The first Zircon anti-ship missile will also be mounted on a heavy nuclear-powered cruiser “Admiral Nakhimov”.

According to him, last week, President Putin announced the development of hypersonic weapons in 2018, saying that they could hit anywhere in the world and escape the US missile defense system.

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