MOSCOW, ($1=72.92 Russian Rubles) – The Russian military conducted the first test launch of a Zircon hypersonic missile from a submarine, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing Interfax. Before this, the Zircon was launched from a surface ship.
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“The Russian Navy tested the Zircon hypersonic missile from the Severodvinsk nuclear submarine for the first time. The firing was carried out at a conditional sea target in the Barents Sea,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
“According to the objective control data, the missile’s flight corresponded to the specified parameters, it hit a conditional target. The test-firing of a Zircon missile from a nuclear submarine was recognized as successful,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.
The Russian Defense Ministry on Monday morning published footage of the Zircon launch by a submarine. Judging by the video, the shooting was carried out in the dark from the surface position.
Before that, the military reported on successful test launches of the Zircon from the frigate of the Russian Northern Fleet Admiral Gorshkov, in particular, in July this year, as well as in December, November, and October 2020.
Serial deliveries of the Zircon sea missile to the Russian Armed Forces are scheduled for 2022, Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko said on January 29.
On August 24, at the Army-2021 forum, the Russian Defense Ministry announced the signing of a contract for the supply of new Zircon hypersonic naval missiles [Tactical Missile Armament Corporation, KTRV].
In February 2019, in a message to the Federal Assembly, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that the Zircon missile would be capable of hitting ground and surface targets at a distance of over 1,000 kilometers at a speed of about Mach 9 [Mach is the speed of sound].
In December 2019, the president said that work was underway on the Zircon hypersonic missile, not only sea-based but also land-based.
Severodvinsk, which tested the Zircon rocket, is a fourth-generation multipurpose nuclear submarine. Admitted to the Russian Navy in 2014.
Russia has gone far ahead in the field of creating hypersonic weapons and weapons based on new physical principles, said Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov on September 17.
“For many years we have tried to be on a par with or catch up with the leading weapons development of Western countries. And for the first time in all this time, we have pulled ahead. In the field of creating hypersonic weapons,” Borisov said then. According to him, Russia is also ahead of the West in “creating weapons based on new physical principles.” He said that “new types of engines – compact, low-power nuclear installations” are being used for these weapons.
Former chief of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces headquarters, Colonel-General Viktor Yesin told Interfax on September 30 that Russia, the United States, and China currently have hypersonic missile technologies. Yesin then questioned the statement of the DPRK military about the successful tests on September 28 of a hypersonic missile.
In September, it was reported about the tests of a hypersonic missile by the US military.
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