| 26 May 2024, Sunday |

Russia says Zircon hypersonic missile hit target in latest test

Russia said on Monday that it had conducted another successful test flight of its Zircon hypersonic cruise missile, which President Vladimir Putin has praised as part of a new generation of unrivaled weapons systems.

The missile was launched from the Admiral Gorshkov destroyer in the White Sea and struck a naval target more than 400 kilometers (250 miles) distant, according to the defense ministry, in its second test in two weeks.

A brief video clip shows the rocket emitting a blast of white light into the night sky.

The United States, China and North Korea are also involved in the contest to hypersonic missiles, the next generation of long-range weapons that are harder to detect and intercept. They travel at more than five times the speed of sound in the upper atmosphere, or around 6,200 km/hour (3,850 mph).

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

  • Reuters