Russia has successfully tested a state-of-the-art cruise missile hailed by President Vladimir Putin as the best in the world, according to reports.
“The tactical and technical characteristics of the Tsirkon missile were confirmed during the tests,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
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The Defense Ministry said the missile was fired from a warship in the White Sea and traveled at about seven times the speed of sound to a target more than 217 miles away on the coast of the Barents Sea, Reuters reported.
“The Tsirkon missile successfully hit a target directly at a distance of more than 350 kilometers. The airspeed reached almost Mach 7,” the ministry said, according to AFP.
Russia announced the missile test on Monday, although it is unclear when it took place.
Putin has touted the country’s arsenal as “invincible.”
The Tsirkon test comes after Russia tested a supersonic cruise missile in the Black Sea in April.
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“The Moskva missile cruiser of the Black Sea Fleet fired the Vulkan missile with the ship’s Bazalt missile system into Black Sea waters for the first time in recent history,” the Defense Ministry tweeted at the time.
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