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Russia is testing its latest hypersonic Zircon missile

MOSCOW – The Russian Navy conducted another test of a potential hypersonic missile on Saturday, a demonstration of the military’s long-range strike capability amidst the fighting in Ukraine.

The Defense Ministry said the Northern Fleet’s frigate Admiral Gorshkov in the White Sea launched the Zircon cruise missiles in the Barents Sea and successfully hit a training target about 1,000 kilometers (540 nautical miles) away in the White Sea.

The launch was the latest in a series of tests by Zircon, which is expected to become operational later this year.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Zircon is capable of traveling at nine times the speed of sound and has a range of 1,000 kilometers (620 miles). Putin has stressed that his deployment will significantly increase the capabilities of the Russian military.

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Intended to arm Russian cruisers, frigates and submarines, Zircon could be used against both enemy ships and ground targets. It is one of several hypersonic missiles being developed in Russia.

Russian officials boasted about Zircon’s capabilities, saying it was impossible to intercept with existing missile defense systems.

Putin, who has sternly warned Western allies against meddling in Ukraine, has in the past warned that Russian warships armed with Zircon would give Russia the ability to attack “decision centers” within minutes if they entered be used in neutral waters.

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