On Monday, Russia successfully tested Tsirkon (Zircon) hypersonic cruise missile from a submarine. This was the first instance of any such Test by Moscow.
President Vladimir Putin termed the weapon, as a part of a new generation of unrivalled arms system.
The Defence Ministry confirmed the test, the Severodvinsk submarine had fired the missile while deployed in the Barents Sea and had hit its chosen target.”
“The test firing of the Tsirkon missile from a nuclear submarine was deemed successful”, the ministry added.
The ministry had tested firing the Tsirkon missile from a warship in July.
Low-quality video footage of the test has been released to make it harder to examine, as Moscow did in the case of the S-500 surface-to -air missile system.
The Western experts recognized that the combination of speed, manoeuvrability, and altitude of hypersonic missiles makes them harder to track and intercept. Although, still they questioned how advanced Russia’s new generation of weapons is.
In 2018, President Putin announced a series of new hypersonic weapons, and claimed that they could hit any point in the world evading the U.S.-built missile shield.
Tsirkon is a scramjet powered maneuvering anti-ship hypersonic cruise missile. Increase in possession of such missiles by Moscow would lead to an increased deterrence against western air defence systems.