First Tsirkon hypersonic missile launch test from nuclear submarine performed in Barents Sea

 

 


 

 

Russia said on Monday it had successfully test launched a Tsirkon (Zircon) hypersonic cruise missile from a submarine for the first time, a weapon President Vladimir Putin has lauded as part of a new generation of unrivalled arms systems.

 

The defence ministry, which tested firing the Tsirkon missile from a warship in July, said that the Severodvinsk submarine had fired the missile while deployed in the Barents Sea and had hit its chosen target.

 

“The test firing of the Tsirkon missile from a nuclear submarine was deemed successful,” the ministry said.

 

Putin announced an array of new hypersonic weapons in 2018 in one of his most bellicose speeches in years, saying they could hit almost any point in the world and evade a U.S.-built missile shield.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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