Vladimir Putin has overseen the launch of Russia’s new nuclear-capable missile system, comparing it to “a fireball”.
The Russian President watched from the Defence Ministry’s control room as the country’s military test-fired an Avangard missile.
He said “it heads to target like a meteorite, like a fireball”.
The weapon was launched from southwest Russia and successfully hit and destroyed a target 3,700 miles (5954km) away in the country’s far east, Mr Putin said.
He announced Russia had an array of new weapons, including the Avangard, in an aggressive speech in March, claiming they could hit almost any point in the world and evade a US-built missile shield.
After watching Wednesday’s launch, Mr Putin said Russia would deploy the hypersonic nuclear-capable missiles next year.
“The new Avangard missile system is invincible for today’s and future air defence systems and missile defence systems. This is a big success and a big victory,” he said.
Mr Putin said the Avangard has an intercontinental range and can fly in the atmosphere at 20 times the speed of sound.
The test launch comes on the same day Mr Putin condemned Israeli airstrikes on its ally, Syria, calling it “provocative”.
Three soldiers were injured in the attack on an arms depot in Qatifah, about 25 miles (40km) north east of Damascus.