Russia has started testing new underwater weapons in the Barents and Norwegian seas, Russian Defense Ministry announced on Friday.

“Submariners of the Northern Fleet have started conducting a special exercise to test the systems and weapons of submarines in the deep-water areas of the Barents and Norwegian seas,” the press office of the Northern Fleet said in a statement.

The crews of several submarines, including those of the fourth generation, are taking part in the exercises that will continue for several days.

The drill engages the emergency rescue forces of the Northern Fleet, it added.

At a series of meetings earlier this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that the Russian submarine fleet will get the latest underwater weapons soon, including hypersonic missiles and unmanned underwater vehicles.

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