Russia conducts successful salvo launch of Tsirkon missiles

Screengrab from footage released by the Russian Defense Ministry on Nov 29, 2021 shows the firing of a Tsirkon hypersonic missile from Russian frigate Admiral Gorshkov.

MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Friday Russia conducted a successful salvo launch of Tsirkon hypersonic missiles early Friday morning.

"A salvo launch of the Tsirkon hypersonic system was carried out last night, more precisely this morning," RIA Novosti news agency reported citing the president at a joint meeting of the State Council and the Council on Science and Education.

"This is our latest missile, which can hit both naval and ground targets," he added.

"The tests were carried out successfully, flawlessly. This is a great event for the country and a significant step aimed at enhancing Russia's security, improving its defense capabilities," Putin said.

The Russian leader congratulated and thanked the developers, engineers and designers that worked on the hypersonic missile system.

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Putin said earlier in November that the test of the missile was nearing its completion and would arm the navy next year.