(Express) – Russia is poised to carry out tests of its new hypersonic 6,000 mph Zircon missile from a naval ship for the first time, it was reported today. The Mach 8 missile was identified last month by Moscow’s state-controlled TV as being Vladimir Putin’s weapon of choice to attack a number of American cities. Deep secrecy has surrounded tests and designs of the Zircon, which Putin claims is unmatched by any Western missile.

But today state-controlled Tass news agency reported: “Trials of launching a (Zircon) missile from a naval vessel are planned to start at the end of the year. “The Admiral Gorshkov-class frigate, also known as Project 22350, from the Northern Fleet will be used.” The report was cited to an unnamed source in the Russian “military-industrial complex”. The Russian defense ministry did not immediately officially confirm the TASS report. READ MORE

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