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Russian warships are armed with advanced hypersonic missile Completing maneuvers in the Atlantic Ocean ahead of joint naval exercises with Chinese and South African navies scheduled for next month. The Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.
Russia’s Admiral Gorshkov frigate, armed with a zircon hypersonic missile, practiced “sending missiles to strike enemy surface targets,” the ship’s commander, Igor Krokhmal, said in a video released by the ministry.
Krokhmal said the exercise, described by the Tass state news agency as an “electric launch” or virtual simulation, confirmed the “designed characteristics” of the missile system, Krokhmal said, pointing to its claimed capabilities. that the missile can reach a distance of more than 900 kilometers (559 miles).
The test was part of the long voyage of the Admiral Gorshkov frigate launched earlier this month. When the Russian state media reported that the warship was delivered with hypersonic missiles. The deployment will include joint exercises with the Chinese and South African navies off the coast of South Africa. According to Moscow and Pretoria
The exercise comes as Russia nears its first anniversary. full-scale invasion of Ukraine And it is both a show of strength and – through joint maneuvers – an opportunity for Moscow to show that it is not alone on the world stage. Although the international condemnation of war that was not provoked.
The White House said Monday that the United States “is concerned about any country … exercising with Russia. while Russia wages a brutal war with Ukraine.”
during a joint meeting in Pretoria on Monday Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor defended the naval exercises. Lavrov said Moscow did not want any scandals surrounding the training.
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