Vladimir Putin’s top weapons designers are developing a 4000 mph hypersonic nuclear missile that is capable of burning a city anywhere on Earth to ashes in a matter of minutes.
The nukes will be fired from the fifth-generation Su-57 fighter and travel five times faster than sound, making it difficult, if not impossible, to shoot them down.
The Russian news agency Interfax reports that the missile will be used against maritime targets and ports and will undergo tests later this year.
Citing sources in the Russian Defense Ministry, the Izvestia newspaper reports that the hypersonic weapon is being designed for the Su-57 stealth fighter by the Tactical Missile Corporation under the code name “Larchinka-MD”.
He writes: “It will fly at speeds five or more times faster than sound and will become virtually invulnerable to modern air defense and missile systems.
Earlier, it was learned that Russia said today that it has successfully tested its new lethal Zircon hypersonic missile from a submarine for the first time.
Video footage shows the 6,670 mph rocket being fired from the nuclear-powered sub-Severodvinsk before flying into the night sky.
The weapon was launched from the surface in the White Sea and successfully hit a target in the Barents Sea, the Defense Ministry said in Moscow.
Russia claims that the “unstoppable” Mach 9 missile is capable of evading all Western defenses.
“The Russian navy carried out the first tests of the hypersonic missile Zircon from the nuclear submarine Severodvinsk,” an official statement said.
“The missile was test fired at a conditional maritime target in the Barents Sea.
“The test firing of the Zircon missile from the nuclear submarine was recognized as successful.”
Russia said last week that it had completed flight tests of the New Age missile from a frigate, the Admiral Gorshkov, and a coastal mount.
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