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Russia Test-Firing New Hypersonic Zircon Cruise Missiles for 5th-Gen Subs

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The hypersonic cruise missile's speed is estimated to be 5-6 Mach.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The first tests of the Russian Navy’s new hypersonic Zircon cruise missiles have been launched in Russia, a senior defense industry source said Thursday.

"The tests of the hypersonic Zircon missiles have begun using a ground-based launching site," the source told RIA Novosti.

The weapon is expected to reach the speed of 5-6 Mach.

It will be mounted on Russia's newest fifth-generation Husky-class nuclear submarines which are currently under development.

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