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Russia test-fires hypersonic Zircon missile over 500 kilometres



Russia has test-fired a new hypersonic Zircon cruise missile for the first time over a flight path of more than 500km, state media reported on Thursday.

The test occurred in January with the missile fired from a frigate in the Barents Sea to hit a land-based target at a military area in the northern Ural Mountains, news agency TASS reported.

The Zircon naval missile, to be utilised by ships and submarines, is supposed to be able to reach a speed of about Mach 9 with a range of more than 1,000km.

Edited By: Fatima Sule/Ijeoma Popoola

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