National Post (National Edition)



MOSCOW Russia said on Monday it had successful­ly tested a Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile, a weapon President Vladimir Putin has touted as part of a new generation of missile systems without equal in the world.

The defence ministry said in a statement that the missile had been fired from the Admiral Gorshkov, a warship located in the White Sea, and travelled at around seven times the speed of sound before hitting a ground target on the coastline of the Barents Sea, more than 350 km away.

“The tactical and technical characteri­stics of the Tsirkon missile were confirmed during the tests,” the ministry said.

Some Western experts have questioned how advanced Russia's new generation of weapons is, while recognizin­g that the combinatio­n of speed, manoeuvrab­ility and altitude of hypersonic missiles makes them difficult to track and intercept.

Russia plans to fit the Tsirkon missile system to its subs and surface ships.

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