Russia’s is testing the Zircon hypersonic missile and a joint longer range India-Russia hypersonic missile should begin testing in 2020

Russia is expected to begin serial production of hypersonic missile Tsirkon or Zircon soon. The missile boasts of speed five times than that of speed of sound. Reports say the missile can travel with a speed of upto 4,600 mph or 7,400 km/h, which makes it almost impossible to be stopped.

Countries like the US and Britain, who have most powerful defence forces in the world, are already losing sweat over Russia’s new missile defence system.

“State tests of Zircon are scheduled for completion in 2017 in accordance with the contract, and the missile’s serial production is planned to be launched next year,” a report carried out by Russian news agency TASS said quoting sources.

Zirco has a 400 km range. It is expected to be inducted by the Russia defence forces by 2022. Zircon is capable of evading the best anti-missile systems presently in use across the world. A report in The Independent said that UK’s Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers would be unable to stop.

The Royal Navy’s current Sea Ceptor missile system can only shoot down missiles traveling up to 2,300mph, the report said.

India is developing a second generation BrahMos-II missile is collaboration with Russia. The missile will use the same scramjet technology that Zircon has.

The BrahMos-II is expected to have a range of 600 km. The missile is expected to be ready for testing by 2020.

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