MOSCOW, August 10. /TASS/. The state trials of the Tsirkon hypersonic missile will be completed this year, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko said on Tuesday.
"This year, the trials of the Tsirkon hypersonic missile will be completed," the defense official said during the single military output acceptance day.
The deputy defense minister said in January that the state trials of the Tsirkon hypersonic missile would be completed this year and the latest weapon would be test-fired from submarines.
Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier said that Tsirkon hypersonic missiles capable of flying at Mach 9 (nine times the speed of sound) and striking targets at over 1,000 km would go on combat alert soon.
Russia intends to outfit its submarines and surface ships with Tsirkon hypersonic missile systems.