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Vladimir Putin hails new 7,000 mph Zircon missile

Russian troops have fired a terrifying and ‘unstoppable’ new hypersonic missile at targets in the White Sea, Moscow claims. The Daily Star reports that the Zircon weapon was developed over a period of at least four years and is capable of reaching locations 620 miles away at speeds of 7,000 mph.

The Russian Defense Ministry told the Kremlin-backed Tass news agency: “Today the lead frigate of project 22350, Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov, fired a Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile at a target position in the White Sea from the Barents Sea.” News of the weapon comes as President Vladimir Putin steps up Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with a ‘scorched earth’ policy that aims to eliminate the opposition in this Eastern European country.

The besieged city of Severodonetsk is being bombarded with around 500 rockets every hour, according to reports. And Putin said the new Zircon missile will “enhance the security” of his country.

He said, “Now it is particularly important to develop and implement the technologies needed to create new hypersonic weapon systems, high-powered lasers and robotic systems.”

Zircon has generated a lot of excitement in the Russian military, but some experts believe Russian troop morale is low and senior Kremlin brass are disillusioned with their leader. Top security officials now believe that despite Putin’s lethal missile repertoire, if he gave the order to use it against the West, he would be denied.

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