Russia has successfully tested an advanced 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 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 towards a target more than 217 miles from the coast of the United States. Barents Sea, Reuters reported.
“The Tsirkon missile successfully hit a target directly at a distance of over 350 kilometers. The flight speed reached close to Mach 7, ”the ministry said, according to AFP.
Russia announced the missile test on Monday, although it is not known when it took place.
Putin 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 Black Sea Fleet Moskva Missile Cruiser fired the Vulkan missile with the ship’s Bazalt main missile system for the first time in recent history into Black Sea waters,” the ministry tweeted. Defense at the time.
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