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Russia: Russia test fires hypersonic missile from submarine

Russia said on Monday it had launched a new hypersonic cruise missile from a submarine, the latest test of emerging weapons that President Vladimir Putin has called “invincible.”
Moscow has touted the development of weapons that it hopes will give it the upper hand in any arms race with the United States at a time of mounting tensions with the West in recent years.
Hypersonics can travel more than five times the speed of sound and maneuverability in mid-flight, making them much more difficult to track and intercept than traditional projectiles.
The army said Monday it had fired a Zircon missile from the Severodvinsk nuclear submarine and hit a test target in the Barents Sea in the Russian Arctic.
“The test launch of the Zircon missile from a nuclear submarine was deemed successful,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement.
The ministry released a grainy video showing missile flares lighting up the night sky.
The Zircon had already undergone several tests in recent years, including a launch from the Admiral Gorshkov frigate.
Putin used his 2018 state of the nation address to reveal new hypersonic weapons, including the Zircon, and said it could hit targets at sea and on land with a range of 1,000 kilometers.
It appears that the Zircon will join the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicles that were put into service in 2019 and the air-launched Kinzhal (Dagger) missiles in Russia’s arsenal.
The launch comes a week after North Korea said it had tested a new hypersonic weapon, becoming the latest country to join the hypersonic arms race.
Experts agree that, for now at least, Russia has an advantage in its development.


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