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Hypersonic Shield: Why Russia's Zircon Missile Could Be a Game Changer

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  1. ashok321

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    According to numerous reports, the Zircon is actually a modified version of the BrahMos supersonic anti-ship cruise missile – a joint Russian-Indian design based on the P-800 Onyx missile. Therefore, the Zircon could have an effective range of about 400 kilometers.

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    https://sputniknews.com/military/201707171055619054-russia-zircon-missile-development/


    The Russian news network Zvezda quoted the Washington Times as saying that the development of the Zircon missile represents a quantum leap in the creation of an asymmetric weapon that can protect against a nuclear attack.

    "Against this background, the US missile defense system looks obsolete," the newspaper said.

    During an April 2017 trial, the 10-meter-long Zircon missile flew at eight times the speed of sound, which makes it absolutely impervious to the currently-existing missile defense systems of a potential enemy, according to Zvezda.

    Experts said that the X-51A Waverider hypersonic cruise missile currently being tested in the US pales in comparison with the Zircon

    During an August 2014 test in Alaska, an X-43A was able to reach a top speed of 6,500 kilometers an hour (4,038 miles an hour) before burning up in the atmosphere seven minutes into the flight.

    Russia's Zircon 3M22 has seen no such mishaps since testing began in 2016, according to experts.
     
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    Russia has it, India too would have it soon.
     
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    shooting a missile with another missile ... i am not sure