This photo, taken on April 21, 2019, shows the Russian missile frigate Admiral Gorshkov arriving at Qingdao in eastern China’s Shandong province.
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Russia’s defense ministry said on Wednesday that one of its hypersonic missile frigates had been conducting “hysonic missile exercises” in the western Atlantic.
The frigate Admiral Gorshkov tested the attack capabilities of Russia’s much-hyped Zircon hypersonic missile in the western Atlantic Ocean, according to a statement from the ministry, using “computer simulation” exercises.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the development of the hypersonic Zircon (or Tsirkon) missiles in 2019 when he said the missiles have a top speed of mach 9 (or nine times the speed of sound) and a range of 1,000 kilometers (620 miles). 620 miles). ). The missiles, Putin said, “could hit naval or land targets.”
“In accordance with the training situation, the frigate practiced arranging [a] Tsirkon hypersonic missile attack on a maritime target more than 900 kilometers away,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in its statement on the exercise.
It didn’t say it launched a missile.
The ministry noted that the Admiral Gorshkov frigate “is a modern multi-purpose ship, equipped with guided missiles and designed to operate in distant maritime and oceanic areas.”
“Equipped with Tsirkon [missiles]”The vessel is capable of launching targeted and powerful strikes against all offshore and onshore targets,” the statement said.
Russia’s testing of its attack capabilities in the Atlantic is likely to be seen as a provocative move by the US and its NATO allies.
Relations between Moscow and the West are at an all-time low following Ukraine’s unprovoked invasion of Russia.
Russia accuses the West, which has supplied Ukraine with billions of dollars in arms and military aid, of waging a proxy war against the country.