Russia Completes Tsirkon Hypersonic Missile Ship Tests

Russia’s Tsrikon hypersonic missile completed test flights from surface ships, sources connected to the Russian defense ministry reported on Wednesday.

According to a report by Russian top news agency TASS, the Tsirkon missile was launched from the Admiral Gorshkov frigate. The “Project 22350 Admiral Gorshkov frigate” test was completed after the prototype hypersonic missile was launched ten times.

As per the source, the last test flights from Admiral Gorshkov were completed in July. A new series of test flights are scheduled to begin in November. Once this is complete, delivery of the missile to Russian troops is expected to follow.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said in the past that Russia is looking to stay ahead of the West in hypersonic weapons and that the nation is intending on retaining its “supremacy” in the field.

Borisov asserted that Russia is the superior power in hypersonic weapons, “for the first time in all this time.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that the Tsrikon hypersonic missile can reach flight speeds of up to Mach 9 (11,113 kph/6,905 mph), far beyond that of a traditional missile system.

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