Russia’s hypersonic 4,600mph missiles that can destroy Royal Navy’s top warships in single strike ready NOW

RUSSIA has confirmed its hypersonic missle that can destroy the Royal Navy’s top warships in a single strike are ready “as of today”.

Vladimir Putin’s defence boss reportedly confirmed the weapons, which can travel up to SIX times the speed of sound at 4,600 mph and reportedly more than 600 miles, were ready for war.

 The lethal Zircon missiles are described as hypersonic, because they can travel five times the speed of sound
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The lethal Zircon missiles are described as hypersonic, because they can travel five times the speed of sound
 The Royal Navy's aircraft carriers would be sitting ducks for the Zircon missiles according to military experts
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The Royal Navy’s aircraft carriers would be sitting ducks for the Zircon missiles according to military experts
 Russia, led by President Putin, has stolen a march on USA and China by developing a hypersonic missile
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Russia, led by President Putin, has stolen a march on USA and China by developing a hypersonic missile
 A guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) launches a Tomahawk cruise missile
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A guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) launches a Tomahawk cruise missile

Head of the Russian defence council Viktor Bondarev confirmed the Zircon cruise missile was ready “as of today” while speaking on Tuesday reports the Daily Star.

Moscow tested the weapon back in June and the Zircon – also known as Tsirkon – has been in development for over 20 years.

Military experts warn the weapon has changed the face of modern warfare, Sunday People claim.

Currently, the Royal Navy’s Sea Ceptor can shoot down missiles travelling at 2,300 mph, which is nowhere near Zircon’s capabilities.

One senior Naval source told the Sunday People: “Hypersonic missiles are virtually unstoppable.

“With no method of protecting themselves against missiles like the Zircon the (UK) carrier would have to stay out of range, hundreds of miles out at sea.”

Pete Sandeman, a naval expert, said: “Even if the missile is broken up or detonated by close-in weapons, the debris has so much kinetic energy that the ship may still be badly damaged.”

 Russia's new Zircon missiles have already been tested and could be fitted to a battle cruiser Admiral Nakhuimov when it returns to operations in 2018
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Russia’s new Zircon missiles have already been tested and could be fitted to a battle cruiser Admiral Nakhuimov when it returns to operations in 2018
 The HMS Queen Elizabeth, which along with the Prince of Wales, is one of the Royal Navy's premier new aircraft carriers
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The HMS Queen Elizabeth, which along with the Prince of Wales, is one of the Royal Navy’s premier new aircraft carriers

The Royal Navy’s new £6.2bn aircraft carriers – HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales – already face delays and soaring costs according to a bombshell report published recently.

Zircon missiles can cover 155 miles in just 2.5 minutes, which is faster than a bullet from sniper’s rifle.

The “enemy will not have enough time to get scared let alone react”, according to military website Strategic Culture.

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