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  • Russia is planning to test-fire a salvo of new Zircon (Tsirkon) hypersonic cruise missiles from a warship before the end of the year, Russian state-run RIA Novosti reported Monday.
  • Russia conducted the first test-fire of a Zircon missile aboard a warship in October. That test was followed by two more tests in November and December.
  • The missile, which was first announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2019, has hit speeds of Mach 8 and struck targets as far away as 280 miles in testing, according to Russian media reports citing the defense ministry.
  • In each of the previous three test, only one missile was fired. A salvo launch would simulate a large-scale missile strike more like what might be seen in real-world combat.
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Russia plans to test-fire a salvo of new hypersonic cruise missiles from a warship before the end of the year, Russian state media reports.

The Admiral Gorshkov, the lead ship of the newer Project 22350 frigates, is expected to fire off multiple Zircon (Tsirkon) hypersonic cruise missiles in rapid succession in a salvo test by the end of 2021, a source in the military-industrial complex told state-run RIA Novosti.

The test is reportedly intended to simulate a real-world large missile strike against sea- and ground-based targets, so the ship and its weapons will face various countermeasures during testing.

A Russian navy warship test-fired the Zircon hypersonic missile for the first time on Oct. 7. The new weapon was