Putin announces successful test of hypersonic “Zircon” missile

Moscow – Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed, on Friday, that his country had conducted a test-fire of the “Tsirkon” missile on Thursday night, which exceeded the speed of sound five times, according to Russian media.

During a joint session of the State Council and the Council for Science and Education, Putin praised the missile as part of a new generation of an unparalleled weapons system. He said that a batch of “Zircon” anti-ship missiles was launched, explaining that the test was “successful and exemplary.”

Putin stressed that this test constitutes a tangible step towards strengthening the defense capabilities of the Russian state, and thanked the designers, engineers and workers who had a role in developing this advanced missile system.

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