Moscow: The Russian Army on Monday successfully test-fired the new Zircon Hypersonic Cruise Missile. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the test was carried out from the Admiral Gorshkov warship located in the White Sea, north of Russia.
The army said the missile accurately hit the target 350 km off the coast of the Barents Sea. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the Zircon missile will fly nine times the speed of sound and have a range of 1,000 km.
Earlier in October, this missile was test-fired on Putin’s birthday. The Russian leader described it as a “critical moment” for the country. Putin said at the time, “equipping the military forces – the army and navy with the latest, advanced weapon systems – will ensure the defense of our country in the long run.”