Russia reports successful test launch of hypersonic missile

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MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military says it has conducted another successful test launch of a new hypersonic cruise missile.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said the Zircon missile was launched Monday from the Admiral Groshkov frigate in the White Sea and successfully hit a designated practice target more than 217 miles away on the coast of the Barents Sea. The Russian navy has conducted several previous test launches of the new missile, and officials said its tests are to be completed later this year.

Zircon is intended to arm Russian cruisers, frigates and submarines. NATO said that “Russia’s new hypersonic missiles are highly destabilizing and pose significant risks to security and stability across the Euro-Atlantic area.”

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