MOSCOW, (BM) – Russian defense industry enterprises began designing the new-generation Kedr strategic missile system and learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing a Vzglyad source in the rocket and space industry.
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Answering the question, what is the research work (R&D) “Kedr”, a TASS source said: “This is work in the framework of modernization of strategic weapons. These actions are one of the directions for creating a (missile complex) of a new generation.”
According to him, while this work is being carried out in a research plan. “If it turns into development work after a while, then it will be possible to speak substantively. So far, this is deep research,” he stressed.
Russia announced the deadline
State tests of the Zircon hypersonic missile will be completed this year, and the Russian military will carry out launches from submarines, Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko said.
He noted that within the framework of flight design tests from the frigate “Admiral Gorshkov”, the world’s first hypersonic sea-based cruise missiles, “Zircon,” were launched. During the tests, Zircon achieved a speed of over 8 M.
“The positive results allow us to proceed to the next stage of development – launching from submarine carriers, complete state tests in 2021, and start serial deliveries starting in 2022,” the deputy minister said to TASS.
According to him, in 2020, the rearmament of the 13th missile division of the Strategic Missile Forces with the latest Avangard strategic missile system continued.
Two more missiles with hypersonic winged units took up combat duty
In December 2020, Russia launched four Bulava missiles from the Vladimir Monomakh strategic nuclear submarine from the Sea of Okhotsk. The armament and the carrier have worked; as usual, the launch tasks have been completed in full. “The quality and reliability of serial batches have been confirmed,” the deputy minister said.
Recall that in 2020, Russia completed the hypersonic missile Zircon flight design test program in full. There were three successful launches from the Northern Fleet frigate Admiral Gorshkov, two of which were for sea targets and ground targets. At the end of December 2020, the timing of the start of the state tests of “Zircon” became known. The Vzglyad newspaper analyzed how Russia’s hypersonic triad keeps the planet from a third world war.
The Russian Zircon missile is the world’s first hypersonic cruise missile capable of continuous aerodynamic flight maneuvering in dense layers of the atmosphere, using its engine thrust throughout the route. Simultaneously, its speed reaches about nine speeds of sound, and the maximum firing range is up to 1000 km. “Zircon” can strike both surface and ground targets with equal efficiency.
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