The missile was fired from the Admiral Gorshkov warship in the White Sea and hit a naval target greater than 400 km (250 miles) away, the protection ministry stated, in its second test in a fortnight.

A brief video clip confirmed the missile illuminating the evening sky with a burst of white mild.

The United States, China and North Korea are additionally concerned in the competition to hypersonic missiles, the subsequent technology of long-range weapons which are tougher to detect and intercept. They journey at greater than 5 instances the pace of sound in the higher ambiance, or round 6,200 km/hour (3,850 mph).

Putin introduced an array of recent hypersonic weapons in 2018, saying they may hit nearly any level in the world and evade a US-built missile defend.