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The other type of hypersonic weapon currently under research and development is the air-breathing missile or powered-flight cruise missile.
Earlier, on December 18, an air-breathing missile, with a strike range of 290-km, was tested for the first time from a vertical launcher fitted on a moving warship in the Bay of Bengal.
The Soviet Navy was not far behind with its SS-N-21, dubbed Tomahawkski by the US Navy, a 1 600-nautical miles Mach 0.7 air-breathing missile, but so far this 65-cm diameter weapon is only deployed aboard submarines.