Russia carries out first navy launch tests of its 'unstoppable' hypersonic missile - Putin's 'weapon of choice' to destroy US cities

Russia is poised to carry out tests of its 'unstoppable' hypersonic 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 wipe out a number of American cities in the event of nuclear war.
Chilling computer generated footage shows the rocket being launched from a war ship, dodging air defence missiles and slamming into an unidentified aircraft carrier.
The clip was shown on state-controlled 1tv.ru ka but not credited to the Defence Ministry, though it is understood to have been compiled with input from  knowledgeable Russian military experts. 
Deep secrecy has surrounded tests and designs of the 6,000mph Zircon, which Putin claims is unmatched by any Western missile. 
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Russia is poised to carry out tests of its 'unstoppable' hypersonic missile from a naval ship for the first time, it was reported today. State-controlled Russian media has released computer generated video of a test launch
Russia is poised to carry out tests of its 'unstoppable' hypersonic missile from a naval ship for the first time, it was reported today. State-controlled Russian media has released computer generated video of a test launch
Chilling computer generated footage shows the rocket being launched from a war ship and travelling above clouds
Chilling computer generated footage shows the rocket being launched from a war ship and travelling above clouds
The clip shows dodging air defence missiles and slamming into an unidentified aircraft carrier
The clip shows dodging air defence missiles and slamming into an unidentified aircraft carrier
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 defence ministry did not immediately officially confirm the TASS report.
Previously it was believed that the shark-nosed Zircon has been tested at least five times from land-based sites, and is capable of a speed of 1.7 miles per second.
The clip was shown on state-controlled 1tv.ru ka but not credited to the Defence Ministry, though it is understood to have been compiled with input from knowledgeable Russian military experts
The clip was shown on state-controlled 1tv.ru ka but not credited to the Defence Ministry, though it is understood to have been compiled with input from knowledgeable Russian military experts
Deep secrecy has surrounded tests and designs of the 6,000mph Zircon, which Putin claims is unmatched by any Western missile
Deep secrecy has surrounded tests and designs of the 6,000mph Zircon, which Putin claims is unmatched by any Western missile
In June 2017 the missile reached eight times the speed of sound, according to reports.
The Royal Navy's Sea Ceptor surface-to-air missile is reportedly only capable of intercepting targets flying up to Mach 3.
TASS said the sea-based tests would start later this year.
Hypersonic cruise missile Zircon is designed to be used against ships or land-based targets, and to enter production in 2021, commencing service the following year.
Last month Dmitry Kiselyov, presenter of Russia's main weekly TV news show Vesti Nedeli, showed on screen a map of the US identifying targets he claimed Moscow would want to hit in a nuclear war.
Kiselyov, seen as a top Putin propagandist, said the Zircon missile could hit the targets in less than five minutes.
Last week Putin warned that the West is seeking to steal secrets relating to Zircon and other state-of-the-art Russian weapons such as the Avangard.
He told his FSB counter-intelligence service: 'That means that your work should become even more effective.'
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