Russia’s military announced on Monday that it had successfully tested a Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile from a nuclear-powered submarine for the first time.
The test involved two missiles and occurred in the Barents Sea in the Arctic, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed, adding that the missiles destroyed its fake targets.
“Testing of the Tircon missile from a nuclear submarine was considered successful,” the ministry said.
It first tests Sariscon from the surface, then launches another missile from a submerged position in the White Sea.
Russia plans another launch in November, according to a source quoted by local news agency TASS. The second test will also be carried out from the Severodvinsk nuclear-powered submarine, but “from underwater at sea targets”.
The low-quality video footage released by the ministry showed a missile being launched from a submarine at night.
The launch marked Tsirkon’s first launch from a submarine. It has previously been repeatedly tested from a naval frigate, most recently in July.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says the triangle will be able to fly at nine times the speed of sound and has a range of 620 miles (1,000 kilometers). Putin stressed that its deployment would significantly increase Russia’s military capabilities.
According to sources quoted by TASS, the first test of a nuclear-powered submarine was postponed from September to October due to the need to complete all technical preparations.
The network reports that two Tsirkon will be launched later this year, the same test will run until 2022.
Tsirkon is intended to equip Russian cruisers, frigates, and submarines. It is one of several hypersonic missiles in Russia.
In the wake of Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in 2011, the Kremlin has made modernizing its arsenal a top priority amid tensions with the West.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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