Can one missile really destroy an aircraft carrier? According to speculation about the Russian Zircon hyper-sonic missile that may be true.

Reports are that Russia is expected to soon begin producing their 3M22 Zircon, a hyper-sonic missile that can travel at a rate of over five times the speed of sound. With a range of 250 miles, the missile could theoretically reach a target at maximum range in only about three minutes after being fired.

State tests of Zircon are scheduled for completion in 2017 … and the missile’s serial production is planned to be launched next year,” the Russian news agency TASS reported last year, quoting sources. And last month, Russia’s Interfax news agency cited a source familiar with the Zircon project who said the 5-ton missile is likely to be tested for the first time this spring — earlier than the projected date of 2018 — “from a sea-based platform.”

“It uses no fans, rotating turbines or moving parts – just an inlet where air is compressed and a combustor where the air is mixed with fuel. Fewer moving parts also means less chance of mechanical failure.