The Russian defence ministry said a warship has fired a hypersonic cruise missile and blasted a surface target more than 200 miles away. The new generation weapon was launched from the Admiral Gorshkov ship as it sailed in the White Sea.
Russian officials said the missile travelled at seven times the speed of sound and struck a ground target on the coastline of the Barents Sea – located 350km (217 miles) away.
In a statement released on Monday, the ministry said: “According to live monitoring data, the Tsirkon missile successfully hit a target directly at a range of over 350km.
“During the test, the tactical and technical characteristics were confirmed.
“The flight speed reached nearly 7 Mach.”
Russia plans to equip the Tsirkon missile system to its submarines and surface ships.
A speed of seven Mach equates to around 8,643kmh (5,370mph).
Missiles launched at such speeds are almost impossible to detect at certain ranges as the air pressure formed at the front of the weapon can absorb radio waves.
Washington has not deployed such missiles to the continent,
In February, Moscow and Washington agreed to extend the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.
The agreement limits each side to 1,550 long-range nuclear warheads.
Each nation is allowed, in total, no more than 700 deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles, and heavy bombers equipped for nuclear arms.