(ANSA) – ROME, MAY 28 – The Russian armed forces have announced that they have successfully completed a new test of the Zircon hypersonic cruise missile. The missile was launched by the frigate Admiral Gorchkov from the Barents Sea to a target in the White Sea, both in the Arctic but a thousand kilometers away.
The first testing of the Zircon missile dates back to October 2020 and was hailed by the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, as a “great event”. The development of hypersonic missiles, defined by Putin as “invincible”, because they are very difficult to intercept due to their high speed, up to 10 times that of sound, represent the latest generation of strategic weapon. They are potentially capable of carrying nuclear warheads, both in the ballistic version, the Kinzhal, and in the cruise version, the Zircon. (HANDLE).