With cutting-edge hypersonics, Russia leads in new arms race
SpaceWar.com reports: “The Avangard, the Kinzhal and now the Zircon — Russia is leading the race to develop a range of new hypersonic weapons that President Vladimir Putin has dubbed ‘invincible’.
Moscow’s latest step came this week with another successful test of the Zircon, a ship-launched hypersonic missile.
Fired from one of Russia’s most powerful warships, the Admiral Gorshkov frigate, a Zircon travelling at seven times the speed of sound flew more than 350 kilometres (over 215 miles) to hit a target on the coast of the Barents Sea.
If more tests are successful, the Zircon looks set to join Avangard hypersonic glide vehicles and the air-launched Kinzhal (Dagger) missiles in Russia’s arsenal of hypersonic weapons.
Hypersonics are able to travel at velocities of at least five times the speed of sound and manoeuvre in mid-flight, making them much harder to track and intercept than traditional projectiles.
And experts agree that — for now at least — Russia has an edge in their development…”View Original Article