The Russian government confirmed on Monday that it had fired a hypersonic cruise missile “Tsirkon” from a nuclear submarine for the first time, adding that it had launched against a target in the Barents Sea.
“The Russian Navy has carried out the first test launch of the hypersonic missile ‘Tsirkon’ from the nuclear submarine Sverodvinsk,” said the Defense Ministry, which emphasized that the shot was successful and the projectile hit the target. White.
He emphasized that “the test launch of the ‘Tsirkon’ rocket from a nuclear submarine was a success,” as reported by the Russian news agency Sputnik.
The hypersonic rocket Tsirkon (zirconium, in Spanish) can fly at a speed of Mach 9 (nine times the speed of sound) and a range of more than a thousand kilometers.
On the other hand, Russia has developed the Avangard hypersonic missile with intercontinental range that can carry conventional and nuclear weapons. Moscow confirms that these launching warhead missiles are capable of bypassing air defense systems and reaching a top speed more than 20 times the speed of sound.