Russia releases footage of hypersonic 7,000mph nuke that could strike
London in just 5 minutes
The Kremlin has previously called the weapon 'unstoppable’.
By Seren Hughes
15:15, 14 MAR 2022
Russia has released footage of a 7,000mph hypersonic nuke missile that
could hit London in five minutes. The footage of the weapon, previously
branded by the Kremlin as "unstoppable", comes as Putin has repeatedly
warned the West of "untold consequences" if it responds to Russia's
invasion of Ukraine.
The footage shows a Mach 9 Zircon missile being fired from a frigate in the
White Sea, The Sun reports. Russian defence ministry-owned channel TV
Zvezda claimed the hypersonic missile travels so fast it can't be detected
The frigate’s commander, first rank captain Igor Krokhmal, told the
channel: "I don't think there will be anything to counter this in the next
few years.” Viewers were told that the missile has a "variable trajectory"
to avoid detection.
The footage has only just been released, but it is believed to date back to
December, when Putin announced that tests had been carried out
"flawlessly". At the time, the Russian president said: “Zircon are our
newest missiles fired from the sea at sea targets, and land targets. The
tests were carried out successfully, flawlessly. This is a big event for
our country, a significant step in improving Russia’s security, in
increasing defence capability.”
Since the war in Ukraine began, Putin has repeatedly warned the West that
any interference will lead to an "immediate" response and consequences
"never faced in your history". The country's nuke forces are reportedly on
Concerns about the progression of the war were heightened over the weekend
when Russians hit a military facility in Ukraine close to the Polish
border, but the West continues to hold back over fears of a larger war.