In November, Russia claimed the successful test of the 'Tsirkon' anti-ship hypersonic cruise missile. High-tech weapons are being regularly tested in the Arctic area, according to Russian officials quoted in state media and Western officials.
The Tsirkon and the Poseidon are part of a new generation of weapons pledged by Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2018 as strategic game changers in a fast-changing world.
At the time US officials scorned the new weapons as technically far-fetched and improbable, yet they appear to be nearing fruition. The Norwegian intelligence chief Stensønes told CNN the Tsirkon as a ＇new technology, with hypersonic speeds, which makes it hard to defend against.＇
A low-flying missile that is guided to its target by an on-board computer.
Implausible or exaggerated.
Relating to speeds of more than five times the speed of sound (5 Mach).
The Pentagon is pressing to catch up with rivals Moscow and Beijing in the race to develop hypersonics.