The United States believes that Russia's new hypersonic rockets вЂњZirkonвЂќ can destabilize the situation, as they can carry a nuclear charge. This position was expressed by Pentagon spokesman John Kirby.
вЂњRussia's new hypersonic missiles could potentially lead to destabilization and pose a significant risk because they can carry a nuclear charge. The U.S., in contrast, is developing hypersonic weapons that cannot be used with nuclear weapons,вЂќ he said, commenting on the hypersonic missile test.
The Russian Defense Ministry earlier reported that the Admiral Gorshkov frigate from the White Sea successfully fired the Zirkon hypersonic missile at a ground target on the coast of the Barents Sea. The tests confirmed the tactical and technical characteristics of the missile.
Zirkon is the world's first sea-based hypersonic cruise missile with a flight speed of up to nine sound speeds and a maximum range of 1,000 km.
The Zirkon complex is planned to be equipped with submarines and surface ships of the Russian Navy, the Defense Ministry said.