Russia said Monday it had carried out another successful test of its Zircon hypersonic cruise missile, as world powers race to develop the advanced weaponry.
Russia, the United States, France and China have all been experimenting with so-called hypersonic glide vehicles – defined as reaching speeds of at least Mach 5.
As part of “the completion of tests” of Russia’s hypersonic missile weapons, the Admiral Gorshkov warship launched a Zircon missile at a target in the Barents Sea at a range of 400 kilometers (about 250 miles), the defense ministry said.
For all the latest headlines follow our Google News channel online or via the app.
“The target was hit,” the ministry said, describing the test as successful.
The missile has undergone a number of recent tests, with Russia planning to equip both warships and submarines with the Zircon.
Putin revealed the development of the new weapon in a state of the nation address in February 2019, saying it could hit targets at sea and on land with a range of 1,000 kilometers (about 620 miles) and a speed of Mach 9.
Russia’s latest Zircon test came after Western reports that a Chinese hypersonic glider test flight in July culminated in the mid-flight firing of a missile at more than five times the speed of sound over the South China Sea.
Up until the test, none of the top powers had displayed comparable mastery of a mid-flight missile launch.
China denied the report, saying it was a routine test of a reusable space vehicle.
Russia has boasted of developing several weapons that circumvent existing defense systems, including the Sarmat intercontinental missiles and Burevestnik cruise missiles.
Western experts have linked a deadly blast at a test site in northern Russia in 2019 – which caused a sharp spike in local radiation levels – to the Burevestnik nuclear-powered cruise missile.
US hits out at ‘hypocritical’ Russia after missile test in outer space
China builds mockups of US warships in desert area used for missile target practice
Russia’s military tracks US guided missile destroyer in Black SeaRussia’s military is tracking the guided missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke after it entered the Black Sea to patrol with NATO allies, TASS news ... World News
UAE's EDGE to test air defense missile system by end of year, unveils new dronesUAE’s state-owned weapons maker EDGE will conduct a second missile firing of its air defense missile system SkyKnight before the end of 2021, the ... Gulf
US ‘very concerned’ by reports of China’s nuclear-capable hypersonic missile testThe US is “very concerned” about the possibility that China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August, US disarmament ambassador Robert ... World News
Japan sees NKorea missile, China space activity as threatJapan raised its caution level about North Korea’s missile capability, saying in a defense report that the country resumed missile tests while ... World News