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Graphic shows details of Russia’s Zircon hypersonic cruise missile.
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Russia uses Zircon hypersonic missile in Ukraine for first time

February 13, 2024 - A preliminary analysis concludes that Russia hit Kyiv last week with a hypersonic Zircon missile, its first use of such a weapon in the Ukraine war.

Oleksandr Ruvin, director of the Kyiv Scientific-Research Institute for Forensic Examinations, said on his Telegram channel that his institute completed a preliminary analysis of missile fragments from a Russian attack on Feb. 7.

He included a video of alleged missile wreckage showing specific markings. "In this case, we see elements that are characteristic of the 3M22 Zircon missile. Parts and fragments of the engine and steering mechanisms have specific markings," he wrote.

The Russian defence ministry did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

The Zircon has a range of 1,000 km and travels at nine times the speed of sound, according to Russia. Military analysts have said its hypersonic speed could mean greatly reduced reaction time for air defences and a capability to attack large, deep and hardened targets, Reuters said.

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PUBLISHED: 13/02/2024; STORY: Graphic News
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