Moscow — The Russian Navy has successfully tested its new Zirkon hypersonic missile using a computer simulation during a maneuver in the Atlantic Ocean, it announced on Wednesday.
This was carried out during an exercise of the Admiral Gorshkov frigate in the western part of the Atlantic Ocean, the Ministry of Defense said on its Telegram channel. The simulation was a success, commander Igor Kromal reported in a video released by the ministry.
The missile itself was not fired at the supposed target 900 kilometers away. The video only shows the opening of the missile hatch after the fire command. The missile trajectory was modeled on the screens. The test was justified as a hands-on exercise in actual launch procedures.
The Zirkon is a sea target missile with long range and tremendous speed. It is said to be capable of accelerating to over 9,000 kilometers per hour, making it virtually inaccessible to air defenses.
Potentially, the Zirkon can also carry a nuclear warhead.
Before his re-election in 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened the West with the other three: the Avangard cruise missile, the Sarmat surface-to-surface missile and the Kinzhal, launched from planes.
The Zirkon was only officially put into service at the beginning of January. After Admiral Gorshkov, other Russian frigates are to be equipped with the cruise missile.
Wednesday’s announcement comes as the West prepares to supply Ukraine with more advanced military equipment, such as German-made Leopard 2 battle tanks, in its fight against the Russian invasion.
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