Britain preparing for a Russian strike reports claim
Britain's Navy is reportedly ready to face the powerful missile which can travel faster than a bullet and five times faster than the speed of sound.
The chilling new weapon can only be stopped by Russia’s own S-500 air-defence system, according to reports.
The war machine has stoked fears it could sink the Royal Navy’s latest £6billion aircraft carriers with just one strike, the Times claimed.
The Zircon obtains its strength from a newly developed “scramjet” engine, so it can cover a distance of 155 miles in two and a half minutes.
Washington has warned that the missile – expected to be fitted to a nuclear-powered Kirov class warship – will be too fast for their current air-define system to counter.
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The US has now started to develop its hypersonic weapons in a bid to keep up with the eastern powerhouse.
Britain’s defence ships are also under construction. The two 60,000-tonne Royal Navy carriers: HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, will be fitted with the most advanced anti-air defensive systems.
A spokesman for Britain’s Royal Navy said they were unable to comment on the UK’s protection measures against Russia.
The spokesman said threats from the former Soviet State are "constantly under review".
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Experts predict that in the future, it will be possible to develop missiles capable of travelling at more than 30 times the speed of sound.
The Kremlin first created the programme in the 1980s. But it restarted it of late to ramp up defence measures.