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November 29, 2021

Russia conducts another test launch of Zircon hypersonic missile

The missile test was launched from the White Sea towards a marine target position.

The Russian military has carried out another test firing of the Zircon hypersonic cruise missile from the waters of the White Sea.

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Zircon belongs to a new generation of arms systems in the Russian inventory. It is designed to cruise at more than five times the speed of sound.

The missile test was carried out by the crew of the frigate of the Northern Fleet Admiral Gorshkov from the White Sea.

It hit the marine target located 400km away at sea.

As per the objective control data, the hypersonic missile flight ‘corresponded to the respective parameters’.

Northern Fleet forces, including surface ships and naval aviation, ensured the firing area was closed.

The Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation has announced the missile firing to be successful.

The event follows the test firing of Zircon on 18 November at a naval target position.

Last month, crew from the Russian Navy’s Yasen-class nuclear-powered cruise missile submarine ‘Severodvinsk’ successfully launched the Zircon missile.

This was Zircon’s second test launch and the flight speed of the rocket in this test was over 8 Mach.

The Zircon hypersonic cruise is designed to be deployed on surface ships. Hypersonic missiles are the advanced long-range weapons that are difficult to identify and intercept.

The Admiral Gorshkov frigate can strike land and coastal targets at over 1.5 thousand kilometres.

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