Russia has successfully test-fired a hypersonic Zircon cruise missile over a distance of about 1,000 kilometres

The missile was fired from the Barents Sea north of Russia and Scandinavia 

Video released by the ministry showed the missile being fired from a ship and blazing

President Vladimir Putin has described the Zircon as part of a new generation 

Hypersonic weapons can travel at nine times the speed of sound and Russia has conducted

previous test launches of the Zircon from warships and submarines in the past year.

The launch was the latest in a series of tests of Zircon, which is set to enter service later this year.

Zircon is intended to arm Russian cruisers, frigates and submarines and could be used against 

Both enemy ships and ground targets. It is one of several hypersonic missiles under development in Russia.

Russian officials have boasted about Zircon's capability, saying it is impossible to intercept

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