Russia equipping its most potent attack submarines with hypersonic missiles, official says

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Russia is outfitting its new nuclear submarines with hypersonic Zircon missiles, the head of the country’s largest shipbuilder said in an interview published Monday. ... “In a sense, the challenge for NATO remains the same,” Sidharth Kaushal, a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, said in response to the news. That challenge is countering Russia’s nuclear-powered attack submarines and cruise missile submarines, he said. The speed of the new missiles and the relative quietness of the launch platform will complicate NATO’s efforts, Kaushal added.