The Russian military has claimed to have successfully tested an ‘unstoppable’ nuclear missile that would obliterate western satellites.
Known as Mach 8 Zircon, the hypersonic weapon has been touted as President Vladimir Putin’s “weapon of choice”.
According to reports, Russian media claimed the deadly bomb could destroy prominent US locations within five minutes.
The Russian Ministry of Defence recently performed a test launch of the nuke in the White Sea, with officials claiming to have successfully hit a target located 450km away in the Barents Sea.
On March 8, officials claim to have sent a missile rocketing at a speed of 9,878km/h under the cover of darkness in the middle of the sea.
It reportedly took just over four minutes to go barrelling into its target.
The Zircon missile was previously tested in October in celebration of President Putin’s birthday.
At the time, the Russian leader said it had been a big success.
Putin claimed: “Equipping our Armed Forces the army and the navy with the latest, truly unparalleled weapon systems will certainly ensure the defence capability of our country in the long term.”
The president went on to call the missile the “newest, truly unparalleled weapon system in the world”, which would ensure “the defence capability of our state”.
He heralded the launch as “a great event not only in the life of the Armed Forces, but also in the whole of Russia”.
No details were given about the missiles prefixes performance, with the weapon still shrouded in secrecy, Mail Online reported.
On Thursday, the Russian Defense Ministry said: “The lead frigate of Project 22350 "Admiral of the Soviet Union Fleet Gorshkov" fired a Zircon hypersonic cruise missile from the White Sea at a complex target position located in the Barents Sea.
“Rocket fire was carried out as part of testing new types of weapons.
“According to objective control data, the Zircon hypersonic anti-ship missile successfully hit a sea target at a distance of 450 km. The rocket flight speed was more than Mach 8.
“Project 22350 frigates are multifunctional warships capable of effectively fighting surface, air and underwater adversaries, as well as striking land and coastal targets over a distance of over 1,50KM.”
In 2019, Russian state TV reporter Dmitry Kiselyov named the US targets President Putin would likely choose to destroy in the event of a nuclear attack.
Kiselyov later showed a map of the US, highlighting the Pentagon, the presidential retreat in Camp David in Maryland and Jim Creek, a naval communications base in Washington state, as potential 'targets'.
“For now, we’re not threatening anyone, but if such a deployment takes place, our response will be instant,” Kiselyov said.
But defence industry expert at Russia’s Perm State University, Pavel Luzin, told CBS that Kiselyov’s claims were “scare tactics”.
He said: “The Kremlin is once again trying to make the West take it seriously and recognise its power, and the only leverage it has is military threats."