Russia showcases Zircon hypersonic cruise missile in sea launch test

A Zircon hypersonic cruise missile is fired from the Admiral Gorshkov guided-missile frigate during a test in the Barents Sea, in this still image from video released May 28, 2022. Russian Defense Ministry/Handout via REUTERS

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May 28 (Reuters) – Russia has successfully tested a Zircon hypersonic cruise missile over a range of around 1,000 km (625 miles), the Defense Ministry said on Saturday.

The missile was fired from the Barents Sea and hit a target in the White Sea, he added. Video released by the ministry showed the missile being fired from a ship and blazing through the sky in a steep trajectory.

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

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

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

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Reporting by Mark Trevelyan; Editing by Kirsten Donovan

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