SUNK: Britain’s Aircraft Carriers Can’t Stop Russia’s New Hypersonic Missile
The National Interest -

Michael Peck

Security, Europe

Russia's hypersonic 3M22 Zircon missile makes it possible.

Key Point: Russia's continued development of hypersonic technology poses a threat to western Europe.

Britain’s new aircraft carriers can’t defend themselves against Russia’s latest hypersonic antiship missile.

The problem? Russia’s 3M22 Zircon streak toward their target as fast as Mach 6, or 4,600 miles per hour. But the Sea Ceptor defensive missiles on the Queen Elizabeth–class carriers can only intercept...


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