Russia will speed up tests of the Zircon hypersonic anti-ship missile

MOSCOW, (BM) – Russia will accelerate the pace of test launches from marine carriers of the Zircon hypersonic anti-ship cruise missile learned citing report by Russian military-industrial complex.

According the cited report, Russia plans to firethe missile from submarines and frigates this year.

Read more: Russia plans to launch hypersonic Zircon missile from Severodvinsk submarine

“It is planned to increase the pace of firing a hypersonic missile from board sea carriers as part of state testing of the product. Shooting from submarines of the Yasen type will begin this year in parallel with an ongoing series of launches from Admiral Gorshkov,” a source at the TASS defense industrial complex quotes.

Another source confirmed this information to the agency. According to him, the first tests of a hypersonic missile on an underwater vehicle will be carried out from the Severodvinsk submarine, first they will be fired from the surface.

The engineering NGO (part of the Tactical Missile Arms Corporation) refused to comment on this information to the agency.

The hypersonic anti-ship cruise missile Zircon or 3M22 (NATO classification SS-N-33) includes the 3K22 complex. Its key difference from other anti-ship missiles of Russian and foreign production has become significantly higher (up to 8 Machs or 9800 kilometers per hour) flight speed.

Read more: Russian Navy to Deploy Hypersonic Zircon Missile by Year’s End

As the developer previously explained, the main flight of the rocket takes place at an altitude of 30 to 40 kilometers, where the air resistance is low, which allows the Zircon to accelerate to hypersonic speeds and cover a distance of up to 600 kilometers. According to other sources, the range of the missile can reach 1000 kilometers.

The length of the Zircon rocket is 8-10 meters, the weight of the warhead is 300-400 kilograms, which is less than that of the P-800 Onyx missiles.


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