A Zircon hypersonic missile is launched from Russian Navy frigate Admiral Gorshkov
- Putin touted the missile system as being unstoppable by US defence systems
- The president has also claimed that the missiles can strike anywhere in the world
- Russia has said it intends to fit submarines and surface ships with the missiles
- Country’s defence ministry said the missile successfully hit a target over 220 miles away off the coast of the Barents Sea from a frigate in the White Sea
Chris Jewers and Will Stewart – Mail Online July 19, 2021
Russia said on Monday it had successfully tested a Tsirkon (Zircon) hypersonic cruise missile, a weapon President Vladimir Putin has touted as part of a new generation of missile systems without equal in the world.
The defence ministry said in a statement that the missile had been fired from the Admiral Gorshkov, a warship located in the White Sea.
It travelled at around seven times the speed of sound before hitting a ground target on the coastline of the Barents Sea more than 220 miles away, it claimed.
Russia plans to fit the Tsirkon missile system to its submarines and surface ships.
Putin announced an array of new hypersonic weapons in 2018 in one of his most bellicose speeches in years, saying they could hit almost any point in the world and evade a U.S.-built missile shield.
he following year, he threatened to deploy hypersonic missiles on ships and submarines that could lurk outside U.S. territorial waters if the United States moved to deploy intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe.
Washington has not deployed such missiles in Europe, but Moscow is worried it might amid rising tensions between the two global superpowers.
Putin has said the Zircon missile would be capable of flying at nine times the speed of sound and have a range of 1,000 kilometres (620 miles).