Russia says Zircon hypersonic missile hit target in last test

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Russia reported on Monday (29) that it has carried out another successful test launch of its hypersonic missile, Zircon, hailed by President Vladimir Putin as part of a new generation of unrivaled weapons systems.

The missile was fired from the warship Admiral Gorshkov in the White Sea and hit a naval target more than 400 km (250 miles) away, the Defense Ministry said. This was his second test in two weeks.

A short video clip showed the missile illuminating the night sky with a burst of white light.

The United States, China and North Korea are also involved in competition from hypersonic missiles, the next generation of long-range weapons, which are more difficult to detect and intercept.

They travel at more than five times the speed of sound in the high atmosphere, or about 6,200 km/h.

Putin announced a series of new hypersonic weapons in 2018, saying they could reach almost anywhere in the world, apart from escaping a US-built missile shield.

Reference: CNN Brasil

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