Botched missile launch ‘sets sea on fire’ on same Russian ship designed to carry Putin’s unstoppable hypersonic rockets

A BOTCHED missile launch "set the sea on fire" on the same Russian ship designed to carry Putin's unstoppable hypersonic rockets.

The rocket left the launcher, rose and rotated alarmingly before crashing into the sea, it is claimed. 

The failed missile posed a major threat to the newly renovated Marshal Shaposhnikov frigate as it hit the water, with flames visible on the sea.

A voice of the officer making the film from the air is heard saying “Look, the sea is burning”.

Eventually, the Kalibr missile burned out in the Pacific Ocean, as the warship sped away.

The missile was conventional – but this frigate is destined to carry Vladimir Putin’s 6,100mph “unstoppable” Tsirkon hypersonic missile still undergoing tests, a weapon designed to destroy Western cities in a nuclear war. 

The timing of the Kalibr incident is not clear, and the Russian navy has not admitted to the accident. 

The video was uploaded to a Russian site which commented: “The rocket left the vertical launcher, rose to a height of several tens of meters, but was unable to go to hit the target. 

“A vertical movement with rotation began. 

“Then there was a flash, and the rocket, falling apart, began to fall into the water.

"After falling into the water, a stain remained on the sea surface, burning continued, and flashes were visible. 

“The ship departed from the place where the rocket fell.”

The incident was revealed by Topwarthe day after the navy announced that the Marshal Shaposhnikov had rejoined the standby forces of the Pacific Fleet after repairs and upgrade. 

At the time an official video was released showing a successful Kalibr launch from the warship. 

A spokesman was this week quoted by TASS as saying: “At sea, the warship proved the compliance of its manoeuvrable and speed capabilities… and demonstrated the reliable operation of its systems and mechanisms, navigation and radio-technical equipment”.

The report said that the frigate in “combat training” had :test-fired Kalibr cruise missiles against sea and aerial targets”.

It also “attacked a notional enemy’s submarine with torpedoes and depth charges, struck an air target with Kinzhal surface-to-air missiles and practiced electronic warfare measures”.

The warship “received the latest Kalibr-NK and Uran strike missile systems and the most advanced artillery armament. 

“Its firepower increased several-fold compared to its original designation. 

“The warship currently carries two versatile shipborne launchers for 16 Kalibr-NK and Oniks cruise missiles and eventually for Tsirkon (Zircon) hypersonic weapons.”

Putin sees the “truly unparalled” Mach 8 Zircon as his missile of choice to target American cities in the event of a nuclear conflict, it is claimed. 

Dmitry Kiselyov, presenter of Russia’s main weekly TV news show Vesti Nedeli, previously showed on screen a map of the US identifying targets he claimed the Kremlin  would want to hit in a nuclear war. 

Kiselyov, seen as a top Putin propagandist, said the Zircon missile could hit the targets in less than five minutes.

Putin has claimed that the West was seeking to steal secrets relating to Zircon and other state-of-the-art Russian weapons such as the Avangard. 

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