Russia ‘successfully tests’ hypersonic interceptor missile that can shoot down Western weapons and travels 2½ miles in one second

Russia has conducted a ‘successful’ military test of its state-of-the-art new interceptor missile intended to neutralise incoming Western attacks. The Kremlin declined to name the rocket system shown on video blasting off from Sary-Shagan, an anti-ballistic training range in Kazakhstan.   But it is believed to be the deadly PRS-1M hypersonic interceptor missile, crucial to protecting Moscow and other strategic sites in the region from potential incoming NATO or other enemy missiles.

Russia's new hypersonic interceptor missile blasted-off from Sary-Shagan training range in Kazakhstan
Russia’s new hypersonic interceptor missile blasted-off from Sary-Shagan training range in Kazakhstan

Footage shows the huge missile launching from six different angles, including behind a Russian flag

Hypersonic missiles are so named because they fly faster than the speed of sound. They can be launched from land, air or sea

Hypersonic missiles are so named because they fly faster than the speed of sound. They can be launched from land, air or sea Footage tweeted by the Russian defence ministry shows the unfolding and preparation of the weapon’s vehicle and the moment of launch from six different angles. The missile is shown shooting upwards from the ground leaving a trail of smoke and dust behind it.  ‘Another test-launch of a new Russian interceptor missile was successfully conducted,’ said the ministry. The Kremlin declined to name the rocket system shown on video but it is believed to be the PRS-1M interceptor missile The missile will be key to protecting Moscow and other strategic sites from ‘incoming aerospace weaponry’  Footage posted on Twitter by the Russian defence ministry shows the unfolding and preparation of the weapon’s vehicle ‘After a series of trials, the new interceptor missile confirmed its characteristics and successfully completed the task by striking an assigned target with precision.’ Russian state news agency TASS indicated that the tests were linked to earlier trials at Sary Shagan last year. These involved the upgraded PRS-1M interceptor missile which is described as ‘much faster and deadlier than its predecessor’. The Russian defense ministry intend to use the missile to neutralise incoming Western or NATO attacks Russian state news agency TASS indicated that the most recent tests were linked to earlier trials at Sary Shagan involving the upgraded PRS-1M interceptor missile If the successfully tested missile is indeed the PRS-1M, it carries a nuclear warhead of several kilotons This new missile is a development of the older 53T6 which ‘previously flew several times faster than a bullet and accelerated within seconds to 3 km per second, making it the world’s fastest missile’, said gazeta.ru ‘The modernised version’s speed has already approached 4km per second.’ This is 1.86 miles per second and 2.48 miles per second respectively. State-owned news channel Russia-24 said in a report that the missile launch was successful because it struck ‘an assigned target with precisio. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin described his hypersonic arsenal last year as ‘invincible’ during a state-of-the-nation address ‘The new product’s kill zone is practically one and a half times greater in terms of altitude and range,’ reported gazeta.ru in analysing the PRS-1M. ‘Interception of enemy ICBM warheads is now assured at an altitude substantially higher than 50 km (31 miles). ‘The missile carries a nuclear warhead of several kilotons.’