News ID: 314933
Published: 0152 GMT July 19, 2021

Russia successfully tests hypersonic missile: Defense Ministry

Russia successfully tests hypersonic missile: Defense Ministry

The Russian military reported another successful test launch of a new Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile on Monday.

Russia's Defense Ministry in a statement said the missile was launched from an Admiral Groshkov frigate located in the White Sea, in the north of Russia, according to AP.

The ministry said the missile successfully hit a target more than 350 kilometers (217 miles) away on the coast of the Barents Sea.

"The tactical and technical characteristics of the Tsirkon missile were confirmed during the tests," the ministry said.

According to the ministry, there are plans to equip submarines and surface vessels of the Russian Navy with the Tsirkon system.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the Tsirkon missile would be capable of flying at nine times the speed of sound and have a range of 1,000 kilometers (620 miles).

An earlier test launch took place in October, on Putin's birthday. Russia's leader hailed it as a big event” for the country.

Equipping our armed forces — the army and the navy — with the latest, truly unparalleled weapon systems will certainly ensure the defense capability of our country in the long term,” Putin said at the time.











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