Russia Tests Hypersonic Cruise Missile


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On October 7, Russia successfully test-fired a Tsirkon (Zircon) hypersonic cruise missile from a warship in the Barents Sea. According to the Russian armed forces, the missile traveled 450 km and reached a maximum speed of Mach 8 before striking a floating target. The scramjet-powered Tsirkon missile reportedly began development in the early 2010s and was last test-fired in January 2020.

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Masao Dahlgren, "Russia Tests Hypersonic Cruise Missile," Missile Threat, Center for Strategic and International Studies, October 7, 2020, last modified October 7, 2020, https://missilethreat.csis.org/russia-tests-hypersonic-cruise-missile/.