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Russia Claims Successful Test Launch of Zircon Hypersonic Missile

The Russian Ministry of Defense said in a statement released on November 26 that it had successfully test launched a Zircon hypersonic missile from the White Sea against a target in the Barents Sea.

The statement said that the missile test launch was carried out as part of new weapon trials. The military said it hit a sea target after flying 450 kilometers (279 miles) at over eight times the speed of sound.

This video, shared by the Russian Ministry of Defense, was described as showing the Russian vessel Admiral Gorshkov test launching the missile. Credit: Ministry of Defense Russia via Storyful