Russia successfully launches ‘unstoppable’ cruise missile

Daily Mail

Russia has launched five successful flights of a hypersonic jet that is capable of destroying an aircraft carrier with a single impact, according to a new report.

The Zircon cruise missile travels between 3,800mph and 4,600mph – five to six times the speed of sound – and puts Russia ‘half a decade’ ahead of the US’, the report says.

This makes it faster than any anti-missile system, including those that are expected to appear in the next two decades.     

Russia has reportedly already successfully launched the Zircon hypersonic missile which is capable of travelling up to six times the speed of sound, making it 'unstoppable'

Russian military analyst Vladimir Tuchkov said: ‘In Russia, the testing of actual weapons is already underway.

‘It is expected to be added into Russia’s arsenal between 2018 and 2020’, he told state media outlet Sputnik.

‘A speed of Mach 6 is more than enough of a guarantee to overcome any anti-missile system’, he said.

Experts warn the ‘unstoppable’ projectiles could spell disaster for the Navy’s £6.2 billion ($7.9 billion) aircraft carriers, the HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.

The US spends almost $600 billion (£469 billion) a year on its defence budget and boasts the most powerful military in the world.

However, its 19 aircraft carriers would be powerless to stop Zircon cruise missile missiles, according to the report.

Current Navy anti-missile defences are only equipped to shoot down projectiles travelling 2,300mph, meaning they would be useless against the Zicron.

This would force aircraft carriers to anchor outside of their estimated 500 mile range

The Zircon is capable of travelling twice as fast as the Royal Navy's Sea Ceptor missile (pictured) which would be responsible for shooting it down

That would make it impossible for the carrier’s jets and helicopters to reach their target, carry out their mission, and return without running out of fuel – effectively rendering them useless.

‘This includes not only systems that exist today, but those expected to appear over the next two decades.

‘The results that the Americans reached in 2013 were achieved, and even exceeded, by the Soviet Union a long time ago’, he said.

The weapon could be fitted to nuclear-powered cruiser Pyotr Velikiy as soon as 2018, Russian state media reports.

It can be fired from land, sea and submarines carrying payloads ranging from high explosive to nuclear.

‘American scientists and engineers will have to strain every nerve just to avoid lagging too far behind Russia in this area’, said Mr Tuchkov.

 The Zicron uses Scramjet technology which mixes fuel with air and allows it to burn at hypersonic speeds.

That means the projectile can travel at astonishing speeds – covering 155 miles in 2.5 minutes, which is faster than a sniper’s bullet.

The setback is just the latest in a long line of problems with the Royal Navy’s new carriers after a report earlier this month found they were beset with technical issues, facing delays and could go over-budget.

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5 thoughts on “Russia successfully launches ‘unstoppable’ cruise missile

  1. anything made by man, can be stopped by man ..just a smarter man is all thats necessary

  2. Anybody and everybody can say anything.
    As I understand today’s Political climate/menu displayed by ‘the media’, fear is an ingredient that is put in every article they put forth.
    There are situations in real time that can cause fear upon those who the message is targeted against. via Biblical scripture, fear is a snare.
    If you understand what snares do, it captures a living being/animal.
    A snare is a capture device where by the being becomes caught by the neck, or a leg. Point being that it is caught alive and can’t escape.
    Unlike being shot dead or being caught in a snare, some animals have sacrificed a limb to escape. I think these escapees learn from their dilema
    This is Psychological warfare!
    If these low level animals learn from their experiences why does it seem that mankind appears to ignore and accept their slavery?
    Answer is that the dog in their fight is themselves first.
    Yet as the dogs they are they eat the vomit of their masters.

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