19:57 GMT29 October 2020
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    Russian President Vladimir Putin has already praised the successful test launch of a Zircon hypersonic cruise missile, describing it as an important event for the country contributing to the nation's security.

    The Russian Defence Ministry has published a video of the launch of a Zircon hypersonic cruise missile from the frigate Admiral Gorshkov in the White Sea.

    The footage shows a rocket starting up from an open launch container situated on the upper deck of the ship's bow, circling in the air and flying towards its target in the Barents Sea.

    The Ministry of Defence stated earlier in the day that Project 22350's lead vessel "Admiral of the Soviet Union Fleet Gorshkov" deployed in the White Sea had fired a Zircon hypersonic cruise missile at a target in the Barents Sea.

    According to objective control data, the Zircon hypersonic anti-ship cruise missile, flying at a speed of more than Mach 8, reached a sea target at a distance of 450 kilometres with a direct hit.

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