Russia conducts test launch of hypersonic missile -Interfax

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that Russia had conducted a test launch of a hypersonic missile Tsirkon on Thursday night, Interfax news agency reported.

Putin has lauded the missile as part of a new generation of unrivalled arms systems.

The Tsirkon reportedly is capable of reaching a speed of around Mach 9, and could have a strike range capability that exceeds 1,000 km. It was designed to have a dual-purpose capability that is able to strike both naval and ground targets. In late December, it was also reported that the Russian Navy would soon arm its attack submarines with the 3M22 missiles. (From National Interests [link])