Russia doubles down on hypersonic missile tests

Waving a mailed fist on Christmas Eve, Russia conducted another test-fire of its Tsirkon hypersonic missile. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin lauded the salvo launch as a “big event”, and that the “tests were conducted successfully, immaculately.” This test was also the first time Russian authorities reported a successful simultaneous launch of multiple Tsirkon missiles. 

Russia previously tested the Tsirkon missile on November 29 and earlier on November 18, firing the missile from surface warships in the White Sea and the country’s Arctic region, respectively.

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