Russia 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.
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.
President – Vladimir Putin
Capital – Moscow
Currency – Russian Ruble