After firing to destroy a satellite whose debris has raised fears of the worst for the International Space Station, Russia has just launched a hypersonic Zircon missile into the open sea. The test shot comes amid tensions between the West , Russia and China are keen.
In the wake of Washington’s revelation of concern over the test firing of a , Russia intends to carry out five more test shots with this Zircon. Its range is a thousand kilometers and it can evolve by changing course and altitude at very high , and this is precisely what makes such a weapon dangerous, since it is almost impossible to intercept it.enclosing a in China, Russia has also just fired with its own hypersonic missile. the , otherwise known as 3M22 Tsirkon, has been described by Russian President Vladimir Putin as an “invincible” advanced weapon. It was fired during a test yesterday from the frigate Admiral Gorchkov in the . The target in the open sea was destroyed according to the Russian Defense Ministry. According to the Russian news agency
An already operational hypersonic arsenal
This was not the first shot of Zircon. The missile took off for the first time in October 2020 and since then, other tests have been carried out using the same frigate and a. In addition to the Zircon, the Russian army already has Avangard hypersonic gliders which have been operational since 2019. They have the particularity of being able to evolve at a speed of Mach 27. Russia is also equipped with Kinzhal hypersonic missiles also called Dagger. They are launched from a fighter plane.
This test comes as tensions between the United States and Russia lead to competition on this type. A competition in which the Chinese have taken a considerable lead and where the Americans are lagging behind. As the shot showed ” Of a missile designed to destroy a satellite, the Kremlin is also preparing for space war.