Russia Test Launched New Hypersonic Missile From Nuclear Submarine

In this photo taken from video distributed by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service on Oct. 4, 2021, a new Zircon hypersonic cruise missile is launched by a submarine of the Russian navy from the Barents Sea. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

Russian military on Monday announced that it has successfully test-fired a Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile from a nuclear-powered submarine for the first time.

tests involved two missiles and took place in the Barents Sea in the Arctic, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed, adding that the missiles destroyed its mock targets.

“ test-firing of the Tsirkon missile from a nuclear submarine was deemed successful,” the ministry said.

It first test-launched Tsirkon from the surface, and then fired another missile from a submerged position in the White Sea.

According to a source cited by local news agency TASS, Russia has another launch scheduled in November. second test will also be fired from the Severodvinsk nuclear-powered submarine, but “from underwater at a sea target.”

Low-quality video footage made public by the ministry showed a missile being launched upwards from the submarine at nighttime.

launch marked Tsirkon’s first launch from a submarine. It previously has been repeatedly test-fired from a navy frigate, most recently in July.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Tsirkon would be capable of flying at nine times the speed of sound and have a range of 620 miles (1,000 kilometers). Putin has emphasized that its deployment will significantly boost Russian military capability.

According to sources cited by TASS, the first test from the nuclear-powered submarine was postponed from September to October due to the need to carry out all technical preparations.

network reported that two聽Tsirkon launches are scheduled to be performed later this year, with the same trials continuing into 2022.

Tsirkon is intended to arm Russian cruisers, frigates, and submarines. It is one of several hypersonic missiles under development in Russia.

Kremlin has made modernizing the country鈥檚 arsenals a top priority amid the tensions with the West that followed Russia鈥檚 2014 annexation of Ukraine鈥檚 Crimean Peninsula.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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