In July Russia test-fired its new 6,100 mph hypersonic Zircon missile. The weapon is capable of evading all Western defenses.
Vladimir Putin ordered the mass production of the Zircon missiles following successful testing.
The UK Sun reported:
MASS production of Russia’s terrifying Zircon hypersonic missile has begun, as tensions with the West mount.
The Kremlin boasts that the 6670mph weapon – which carries a conventional or nuclear warhead – is “unstoppable”.
Russia’s relations with the West remain deeply strained amid concerns that thousands of their troops amassed on Ukraine’s border are a prelude to an all-out invasion.
Ukraine’s spy chiefs said they believe a full-scale invasion is planned in the New Year.
The go-ahead for full-scale production of Zircon at a top-secret plant near Moscow follows recent successful tests of the missile.
Most recently, there was a successful test of the hypersonic missile from a frigate in the White Sea on 18 November.