Russia claims to have tested Zircon hypersonic cruise missile

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Russia has successfully tested a Zircon hypersonic cruise missile, the country’s Defense Ministry announced on Saturday.

The missile has already been touted as a major breakthrough in weapons development, with Saturday’s launch clearing a range of 625 miles, according to reports.

The video shows the missile fired from the Barents Sea and hitting a target in the White Sea with great accuracy.

“Today, the lead frigate of project 22350 Fleet Admiral of the Soviet Union Gorshkov fired a Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile at a target position in the White Sea from the Barents Sea,” the Ministry of Defense said. Defense, according to Russian state news. TASS agency.

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The zircon missile can travel nine times the speed of sound, according to information on the new weapon. Russia recently completed test launches of the Sarmat – an intercontinental missile that can carry nuclear warheads, according to reports.

Russia said it tested a Zircon hypersonic cruise missile in the Barents Sea on Saturday, May 28, 2022.
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Russia said it tested a Zircon hypersonic cruise missile in the Barents Sea on Saturday, May 28, 2022.
(Russian Defense Ministry)

While countries like the United States, China, Israel and others also have large nuclear programs with evolving weaponry, Russia currently maintains the world’s largest stockpile of nuclear warheads by volume.

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Despite impressive launches and state-of-the-art ballistic tests, the Russian military is struggling to provide quality weaponry to its frontline troops in parts of Ukraine.

Old weapons can be dangerous for Russian troops as Ukrainian forces seek to exploit decades-old weaknesses.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of the board of the Educational Foundation for Talent and Success via video conference at the Sirius Educational Center for Gifted Children in Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of the board of the Educational Foundation for Talent and Success via video conference at the Sirius Educational Center for Gifted Children in Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, May 11, 2022.
(Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool photo via AP)

Russia has deployed Soviet-era T-62 tanks to support the ongoing invasion of Ukraine. The outdated machinery has deep vulnerabilities to exploit, according to British intelligence.

The UK Ministry of Defense reported on Friday that Russia had recently started deploying the 50-year-old tanks from deep storage.

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