The Russian military claims to have successfully tested an “unstoppable” nuclear missile that would destroy Western satellites.
Known as Mach 8 Zircon, the hypersonic weapon is touted as President Vladimir Putin’s “weapon of choice”.
According to reports, Russian media claimed the deadly bomb could destroy prominent US sites within five minutes.
Russia’s Defense Ministry recently conducted a test launch of the atomic bomb in the White Sea, with officials claiming they had successfully hit a target 450 km away in the Barents Sea.
On March 8, officials claim they fired a missile at a speed of 9,878 mph under cover of darkness in the middle of the sea.
It reportedly took a little over four minutes to reach its target.
The Zircon missile was tested earlier in October in celebration of President Putin’s birthday.
The Russian leader said at the time that it was a great success.
Putin claimed, “Equipping our armed forces, the military and the navy with the latest, truly unparalleled weapon systems, will certainly ensure our country’s long-term defense capability.”
The president called the missile the “newest, truly unparalleled weapon system in the world,” which would ensure “our state’s defensive capability.”
He announced the launch as “a great event not only in the life of the armed forces, but also throughout Russia”.
No details were given about the performance of the missiles’ prefixes, while the weapon was still shrouded in secrecy, Mail Online reported.
On Thursday, the Russian Ministry of Defense said, “The lead frigate of Project 22350″ Admiral of the Soviet Union Fleet Gorshkov “fired a Zircon hypersonic cruise missile from the White Sea at a complex target position in the Barents Sea.
“Rocket fire was carried out as part of the testing of new types of weapons.
“According to objective monitoring data, Zircon’s hypersonic anti-ship missile has successfully hit a target at sea at a distance of 450 km. The flight speed of the missile was more than Mach 8.
“Project 22350 frigates are multipurpose warships capable of effectively fighting ground, air and underwater opponents, as well as hitting land and coastal targets over a distance of more than 1.50 km.”
In 2019, Russian state television reporter Dmitry Kiselyov named the US targets that President Putin would likely choose to destroy in the event of a nuclear attack.
Kiselyov later showed a map of the US highlighting the Pentagon, the Presidential Retreat at Camp David in Maryland and Jim Creek, a naval communications base in Washington State, as potential “targets.”
“For now, we are not threatening anyone, but if such a deployment occurs, our response will be immediate,” Kiselyov said.
But Russia’s Perm State University defense industry expert Pavel Luzin told CBS that Kiselyov’s claims were “scare tactics.”
He said, “The Kremlin is once again trying to get the West to take it seriously and recognize its power, and the only influence it has is military threats.”