The Northern Fleet of Russia will test submarine hypersonic weapon

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MOSCOW, (BM) – Submarines of the Northern Fleet of Russia are planning to begin testing hypersonic weapons in the near future, fleet commander Vice Admiral Alexander Moiseev said, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Interfax.

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“The submarines of the Northern Fleet regularly participate in testing new weapons systems. In the near future, our submarines will begin to test hypersonic weapons. We have already been assigned such tasks,” Moiseyev said in an interview with the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper of the Russian Defense Ministry.

As reported, in Russia developed a hypersonic marine rocket “Zircon”, which must be tested.

On December 2, 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the strengthening of the capabilities of the Russian Navy in the coming years largely depends on the planned entry into the combat structure of frigates and submarines modified for the use of Zircons.

In a February 2019 message to the Federal Assembly, Putin announced that the Zircon missile would be capable of hitting ground and surface targets at ranges of over 1,000 kilometers at a speed of about 9 Machs (Mach is the speed of sound).

The Zircon missile was developed at Reutov’s NPO Mashinostroyeniya (part of the Tactical Missile Arms Corporation, KTRV). Designed for armament of multipurpose nuclear submarines “Ash-M” and “Husky”, as well as surface ships.

In November last year, the military reported that one of the most modern ships of the Russian Navy, the frigate Admiral Gorshkov, was preparing to test a new missile weapon. On December 26, 2019, the Northern Fleet reported that Admiral Gorshkov had returned to Severomorsk, having completed one of the stages of preparation for testing a missile weapon. The military did not report on launches of new missiles by the frigate.

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Modern Russian surface ships are equipped with a UKSK 3S14 vertical launcher. As reported, the installation is unified to launch several types of Caliber cruise missiles, as well as other missiles, in particular the Zircon hypersonic missile.

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