Russia launches Zircon hypersonic missile from nuclear submarine for the first time

The Russian military successfully test-fired a Zircon hypersonic missile from a nuclear-powered submarine. 

Russia launches Zircon hypersonic missile from nuclear submarine for the first time
Russia launches Zircon hypersonic missile from nuclear submarine for the first time

The RT channel (Russia) reported that the Zircon missile was launched directly at a target in the Barents Sea. The Russian Ministry of Defense on October 4 increased the video download of the successful test launch of this Zircon missile (video below, source: RT).


The Zircon missile, first produced in 2016, is capable of reaching speeds of up to Mach 9. Zircon is designed to attack enemy warships such as destroyers and aircraft carriers as well as land targets. within the missile's strike range.

This is the first time Russia has test-launched Zircon from a nuclear submarine. Earlier, Russia tested this missile from a ship.

In August, Admiral Charles A. Richard of the Russian Navy warned that hypersonic missiles designed by Russia and China pose a significant risk to the United States.

"Because of these challenges, our airborne sensor systems are not capable of detecting and tracking these hypersonic missiles," said Admiral Charles A. Richard.

In early 2021, President Vladimir Putin revealed that Russia's military forces were rapidly modernizing with "hypersonic and laser missiles". The Russian leader also warned opponents not to cross Moscow's "red lines".

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