Russia to start test firing hypersonic missiles from submarines by next year
The Russian Navy may be the first nation to use hypersonic cruise missiles on submarines, though their effectiveness may be questionable.
The faster-moving missiles have the potential to outfly modern air defenses, and the first test launch in 2020 will involve a Zircon-type missile fired from a K-651 Kazan submarine.
The Zircon can apparently move at eight times the speed of sound, making the Mach 0.75 Tomahawk missile of allied arsenals seem slow and archaic.
While the Russians have long focused on firing cruise missiles from the sea to take out valuable targets, it was not until the war in Syria that the Naval branch began fielding such weapons in the launch tubes of submarines.
According to Forbes, Russia is putting intense focus on cruise missiles, including one powered by nuclear energy.
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