Report: Russian warship successfully test-fires hypersonic cruise missile

The Zircon hypersonic cruise missile is fired from the Barents Sea 

Putin has described the use of hypersonic missiles as a family of new “invincible" arms in Russia’s arsenal

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Zircon is capable of flying at nine times the speed of sound

The launch was the latest in a series of tests of Zircon, which is set to enter service later this year.

Russia’s commitment to hypersonic weapons is most likely a response to the US naval technical edge

Unlike pure hypersonic missiles that rely on scramjets, this missile is a hybrid cruise 

Experts have warned that it could potentially overload the United States’ Aegis Combat System