Russian Defense Ministry orders additional batch of hypersonic missiles, Russian media report
Minister of Defense of Russia Serhiy Shoigu (Photo:Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation/Telegram)
The Russian military has ordered an additional batch of several dozen of the latest Zircon hypersonic missiles, Russian propaganda news agency TASS reported on Nov. 12, citing their sources.
The order should be completed in 2023, according to Russian media.
The Russian Ministry of Defense has not officially confirmed this information.
Russian dictator Vladimir Putin stated in Nov. 2021 that tests of the hypersonic Zircon cruise missile were being completed in Russia, and it would be ready to use by Russian Navy in 2022.
Zircon is a two-stage rocket, the first stage of which is equipped with a solid-propellant rocket engine, and the second stage with a direct-flow air-jet engine. The flight range can be up to 600 kilometers.
Submarines and surface warships of the Russian fleet will be equipped with Zircon hypersonic missiles.
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