Russia says it has successfully test-launched a missile that can travel at 10 times the speed of sound.

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Russia says it has successfully test-launched a hypersonic missile, one of a range of nuclear-capable weapons announced by President Vladimir Putin earlier this month.

The country’s defence ministry released video footage showing the missile detaching from a fighter jet and leaving a fiery trail behind it.

It said the intended target was hit.

On 1 March, Mr Putin described the Kinzhal missile – named after a type of dagger – as “an ideal weapon”.

He said it was part of a new stockpile of “invincible” weapons.

The Kinzhal is said to travel at 10 times the speed of sound and have a range of 2,000km (1,200 miles).

The defence ministry said the missile was launched from a MiG-31 jet that took off from an airfield in south-west Russia on Saturday.

“The launch went according to plan, the hypersonic missile hit its target,” the ministry said.

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