Moscow is apparently planning to test a hypersonic missile from a Russian submarine carrier by the end of August, as part of its strategy to arm its underwater fleet with the deadly weapons.
In July, Russia's defense ministry confirmed the successful launch of the missile from the Admiral Gorshkov cruiser, which flew at seven times the speed of sound and reached its target more than 200 miles away in the Barents Sea.
The Tsirkon missile, produced by the rocket design agency NPO Mashinostroyenia, has been the subject of conjecture as to when submarine tests may take place.
According to reports from March, the tests will take place in June, however Tass, Russia's state news agency, stated on Friday that it will be tested by the end of this month from the Northern Fleet's Yasen-class Severodvinsk nuclear-powered submarine.
A source told the state-run news agency: "Flight design tests of the Tsirkon rocket from Severodvinsk will begin at the end of August. It is planned to complete several launches before the White Sea freezes over."