Russia successfully test-fires hypersonic missile, NATO says threat

Australia, US partner on air-launched hypersonic missile

Russia’s military on Monday successfully test-fired a new hypersonic cruise missile. The Russian Defense Ministry said the test was carried out from the Admiral Gorshkov battleship located in the White Sea, north of Russia. The missile accurately hit the target 350 km off the coast of the Barents Sea, at a speed of seven times that of sound, the ministry said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the Zircon missile will fly nine times the speed of sound and have a range of 1,000 km. Putin has said that the deployment of this missile will increase Russia’s military capability.

The Russian Navy had also conducted tests of the new missile in the past. The missile was also test fired on Putin’s birthday in October last year. Officials said the test would be completed this year.

The Zircon missile is planned to be deployed on warships, submarines, frigates. Russia is developing several hypersonic missiles and this missile is also one of them.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) issued a statement on Russia’s missile test, saying it would increase the risk of provocative acts. “Russian hypersonic missiles could pose a serious threat to security and stability in the Europe-Atlantic region,” NATO said. NATO allies are committed to responding to Russia’s growing range of conventional and nuclear-capable missiles. We will not do what Russia is doing, but we are committed to defending our nations.

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