15:28 GMT24 July 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian Northern Fleet's frigate of project 22350 Admiral Gorshkov will perform in the coming days a new test launch of the Zircon hypersonic missile at an "aircraft carrier" target from the Barents Sea, a source in the defense sector told Sputnik on 20 July.

    "In the coming days, Admiral Gorshkov will launch another Zircon hypersonic anti-ship missile from the Barents Sea at a naval target imitating an enemy aircraft carrier," the source said.

    "The launch will be carried out in a heavy-threat environment," the source added.

    This will be the second launch this year and the fifth one in total. The last one took place on 19 July from the White Sea at a ground target. The completion of state tests is scheduled for later this year, according to Sputnik sources.

    Russian Navy, Barents Sea, aircraft carrier, Zircon, Russia
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