RUSSIA has confirmed it now has hypersonic weapons in its arsenal – with missiles capable of reaching more than 6,000mph.
By Henry Holloway
24th November 2017
Vladimir Putin’s defence bosses confirmed “as of today” its military has weapons which we can supposedly fly up to eight times of the speed of sound.
Head of the defence council Viktor Bondarev confirmed the Zircon cruise missile is now available in Russia’s arsenal while speaking on Tuesday.
The weapon – which Russia boasts is capable of Mach 8 – was last tested back in June.
Hypersonic weapons are the at the centre of the next arms race between the US, China and Russia.
And it appears Moscow have taken an early lead as they boast the weapons can beat NATO missile interceptors.
The Zircon – also known as Tsirkon – has been in development for over 20 years since first being unvieled in 1995.
Russian warships, submarines, missile launchers and planes will be armed with weapon capable of manoeuvring around defence systems.
It is designed to blast enemy ships out of the water and is capable of flying 250 miles at speeds of up to 6,138mph.
Chillingly, current Royal Navy missile interceptors are only capable of shooting down missiles hurtling towards them at speeds of Mach 3.