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Russia Test Fires Zircon Hypersonic Cruise Missile

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Russia successfully test-fires ship-based Zircon hypersonic cruise missileRussia successfully test-fired the Zircon (also known as Tsirkon) Hypersonic Cruise Missile from Russian Navy’s Admiral Gorshkov warship in White Sea.

The missile successfully hit a target situated more than 350 Kms (217 miles) away.

  • Zircon meaning ‘Invincible’ is a winged, anti-ship hypersonic cruise missile.  During the testing, the missile reached speeds of up to Mach 7.

Zircon Missile

Tsirkon hypersonic Cruise Missile is developed & manufactured by NPO Mashinostroyeniya.

  • It is capable of hitting targets at sea and on land, it has a range of 1000 kms and is capable of flying at the speed of Mach 9.
  • It is set to be deployed on both warships and submarines.

Russia increasing Weapon Arsenal

i.Russia’s Hypersonic weapons – ‘Avangard’ & ‘Kinzhal’ have been inducted into the army.

ii.The Sarmat, Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) & the S-500 ‘Prometei’ surface-to-air missile are set to be inducted soon.

  • ‘Sarmat’ has been described as ‘Non-Interceptable’ & has ‘Unlimited range’.

Recent Related News:

i.On November 26, 2020 Russia successfully test-fired Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile from frigate Admiral Gorshkov of the Soviet Union from the White Sea.

About Russia

President – Vladimir Putin
Capital – Moscow
Currency – Russian Ruble