(Moscow) Russia on Monday announced the successful testing of its new zircon hypersonic cruise missile, one of the weapons developed by Moscow, confirming that they are unparalleled in the world.
The warship “Admiral Korchkov” fired a hypersonic zircon missile from the White Sea at a land target off the coast of the Barents Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
According to the report, the missile that flew on the Mac 7 “successfully reached the target at a distance of 350 km”.
The first official launch of a zircon missile took place before October 2020, which Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed as a “major event” for the “whole country.” There have been at least two tests each time since Admiral Korsko.
The Pentagon declined to comment on the test, but its spokesman, John Kirby, noted that “Russia’s new hypersonic missiles could destabilize and pose significant risks” because they could impose nuclear charges.
“In contrast, the United States is only developing conventional hypersonic strike capabilities,” he said. “Together with our NATO allies, we are committed to preventing this while promoting greater stability in the region.”
In the wake of tensions with Western countries, Russia has in recent years augmented the announcements of new weapons that Vladimir Putin has declared “invincible.”
Zircon is one of them. It is intended to equip the surface vessels and submarines of the Russian Navy, with a maximum range of about 1,000 kilometers.
Many weapons for the Air Force, such as the Kinzal Hypersonic Missile or the Pryvestnik nuclear-powered missile.
The first new generation Avoncord hypersonic missiles, capable of achieving Mach 27 speeds and changing trajectory and altitude, were commissioned into service with the Russian Army in December 2019.