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Russia Carries Out Another Successful Test Of Zircon Hypersonic Missile

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“The target has been hit,” the ministry said, calling the test a success.

Moscow:

Russia said on Monday it had carried out yet another successful test of its Zircon hypersonic cruise missile, as world powers rush to develop advanced weapons.

Russia, the United States, France and China have all experimented with so-called hypersonic sliding vehicles, defined as reaching speeds of at least Mach 5.

As part of the “completion of tests” of the Russian hypersonic missiles, the warship Admiral Gorshkov launched a Zircon missile at a target in the Barents Sea from a distance of 400 kilometers (about 250 miles), the war ship said. Department of Defense.

“The target has been hit,” the ministry said, calling the test a success.

The missile has undergone a number of recent tests, with Russia planning to equip both warships and submarines with Zircon.

Putin revealed the development of the new weapon in a State of the Nation address in February 2019, saying it could hit targets at sea and on land with a range of 1,000 kilometers (around 620 miles) and a speed of Mach 9.

Russia’s latest Zircon test came after Western reports that a Chinese hypersonic glider test flight in July resulted in a missile firing at more than five times the speed of sound at mid-flight. over the South China Sea.

Until the test, none of the major powers had demonstrated comparable mastery of a mid-air missile launch.

China denied the report, saying it was a routine test of a reusable spacecraft.

Russia has boasted of developing several weapons that bypass existing defense systems, including Sarmat intercontinental missiles and Burevestnik cruise missiles.

(Except for the title, this story was not edited by DAILYNEWSCATCH staff and is posted from a syndicated feed.)

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