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    Russia’s Hypersonic Missile-Armed Ship to Patrol Global Seas

    Russia’s Hypersonic Missile-Armed Ship to Patrol Global Seas

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday sent a frigate armed with the country's latest Zircon hypersonic missile on a trans-ocean cruise in a show of as tensions with the West escalate over the war in .

    Russia touts that the Zircon missile can evade any Western defenses by flying at an astounding 7,000 miles per hour (11,265 km/h).

    Here is a glance at the ship and its weapons.

    THE PRIDE OF THE RUSSIAN NAVY

    Commissioned by the navy in 2018 following long trials, the Admiral Gorshkov is the first ship in the new series of frigates which were designed to replace the aging Soviet-built destroyers as a key strike component of the Russian navy.

    Armed with an array of missiles, the ship is 130-meters (427-feet) long and has a crew of about 200.

    In 2019, it circled the world oceans on a 35,000-nautical mile journey.

    INTENSIVE TESTS

    The Admiral Gorshkov has served as the main testbed for the latest Russian hypersonic missile, Zircon.

    In recent years, the Zircon has undergone a series of tests, including being launched at various practice targets. The declared the tests successful and Zircon officially entered service last fall.

    Zircon is intended to arm Russian cruisers, frigates and submarines and could be used against both enemy ships and ground targets. It is one of several hypersonic missiles that Russia has developed.

    THE NEW WEAPON

    Putin has hailed Zircon as a potent weapon capable of…

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