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

Monday, July 17, 2017
By Paul Martin

SputnikNews.com
17.07.2017

The newest Russian missile Zircon, which has already been tested, leaves no chance for any warship and cannot be destroyed by existing air defense systems. Sputnik explains why.

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.

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.

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