“The Russian Navy carried out the first tests of the Zircon hypersonic missile from the Severodvinsk nuclear submarine. The missile was tested on a conditional maritime target in the Barents Sea,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement. reported Sputnik.
The objective monitoring data shows that the missile has reached its target.
“The test firing of the Zircon missile from the nuclear submarine has been recognized (as) successful,” the ministry added.
He posted a video showing the successful test.
The Zircon, first produced in 2016, is an anti-ship missile capable of accelerating up to Mach 9. It was designed to strike enemy surface ships, such as frigates and aircraft carriers, as well. only ground targets within range of the missile.
Zircon’s speed (9,800-11,025 km / h) makes it difficult to stop it by anti-aircraft systems.
While this latest launch is the first time the missile has been fired from a nuclear submarine, it has already been tested by surface carriers.
In August, Admiral Charles A. Richard of the US Navy warned that hypersonic missiles created by Moscow and Beijing posed a significant threat to America.
“Because of these challenges, our current architecture of ground and space sensors may not be sufficient to detect and track these hypersonic missiles,” he said.
Earlier this year, as part of his annual address to the Federal Assembly, Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed that the country’s armed forces were rapidly modernizing with “hypersonic and laser” missiles, and warned foreign adversaries to not to cross the “red lines” of Moscow.