Russia reports successful test launch of hypersonic missile

The Russian military has reported a successful test launch of the new Zircon hypersonic cruise missile, giving the news to Russian President Vladimir Putin on his 68th birthday

Speaking to Putin via a video call, Russian General Staff chief Valery Gerasimov said the test launch was carried out Tuesday from the Admiral Groshkov frigate located in the White Sea, north of Russia.

The missile successfully hit a target in the Barents Sea, Gerasimov said.

Putin praised the successful test as “a big event” for Russia.

“Equipping our Armed Forces — the army and the navy — with the latest, truly unparalleled weapon systems will certainly ensure the defense capability of our country in the long term,” the president said.

Putin talked about the coming deployment of the new Zircon hypersonic missile for the Russian navy in 2019, saying that it’s capable of flying at nine times the speed of sound and will have a range of 1,000 kilometers (620 miles).


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