Russian has successfully competed tests of the compact nuclear power unit for cruise missile Burevestnik, the state-run news agency TASS reported on February 16 citing a source in the missile producing industry.

“A major stage of trials of the cruise missile of the Burevestnik complex, the tests of the nuclear power unit, were successfully completed at one of facilities in January,” the source said.

He added that the trials had “sustained stated specifications of the reactor ensuring the missile’s unlimited range.”

A compact high-power nuclear engine developed by Russia for air-launched cruise missiles and sea-launched cruise missiles was first revealed by President Vladimir Putin in March 2018. According to the president’s statement such, a cruise missile armed with a special warhead features almost unlimited range, non-predictable trajectory and high air defense penetration capacity and cannot be intercepted by all existing missile defense and air defense assets.

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