Russia says it has successfully test-fired a hypersonic missile from a submarine for the first time.
The Defense Ministry said on Monday that the weapon was launched from the Severodvinsk submarine and struck a designated mock target in the Barents Sea, off the country’s northwest coast.
“The test of the Sircon missile from a nuclear submarine is considered successful,” the ministry said in a statement.
Low-quality video footage released by the ministry shows the missile shooting overhead from a submarine, its glow illuminating the night sky and illuminating the surface of the water.
The launch marked Tsirkon’s first time from a submarine.
It has been repeatedly tested from a naval warship before, most recently in July.
Hypersonic missiles travel at much higher speeds than normal missiles and can change direction more quickly.
Because of this it is very difficult for missile defense systems to intercept.
The United States, China, and India and North Korea are also attempting to develop weapons.
In its July launch, Russia said the hypersonic missile it fired reached a speech of 8659.88km/h (5,381mph).
Experts said parts of the footage showed the launch was deliberately blurred to make it difficult to examine in detail.
President Vladimir Putin has said that Circon will be able to fly nine times the speed of sound and have a range of 620 miles.
Mr Putin has stressed that its deployment would significantly increase Russian military capability.
Officials said the Sircon test is to be completed later this year and will be commissioned by the Russian Navy in 2022.
The Tsirkon is intended to arm Russian cruisers, frigates and submarines.
It is one of several hypersonic missiles under development in Russia.
The Kremlin has made modernizing the country’s arsenal a top priority amid tensions with the West following Russia’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.
Putin announced an array of new hypersonic weapons in 2018 in one of his most bellicose speeches in years, saying they could hit almost any point in the world and evade US-made missile shields .
Additional reporting by agencies.
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