Russia Confirms Development of Tsirkon Hypersonic Cruise Missile

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On February 20, Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed the country’s development of the Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile at his state of the nation address. President Putin said the missile will travel at Mach 9 (2.06 km/s) and will have a range of 1,000 km. Compatible with the Kalibr missile system, the Tsirkon will be ship-launch and sub-launch capable, designed to strike surface or land targets. U.S. intelligence have reported Russia’s testing of the Tsirkon in December 2018, as well as five other tests since 2015, and the missile is scheduled to enter into service in 2022.