Russia’s defence chief briefs senators on Zircon hypersonic missile tests

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Russia’s Defence Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu informed Russian senators on Wednesday about the flight development tests of the Zircon (Tsirkon) sea-launched hypersonic missile, Defence.az reports citing TASS.


"The flight development tests of the Zircon sea-launched hypersonic missile are under way," the defence chief said at a plenary session in the upper house of Russia’s parliament.

Two sources in the domestic defence industry earlier told TASS that Russia would speed up the test launches of the Zircon hypersonic missile from the seaborne delivery vehicles.

As the sources specified, the test-launches of the Zircon hypersonic missile from Yasen-class submarines will begin already this year along with the continued series of test-firings from the frigate Admiral Gorshkov.

The first test-launches from an underwater delivery vehicle are expected to be carried out from the submarine Severodvinsk from the surface position, the sources said.

Zircon hypersonic missile
In his State-of-the-Nation Address to the Federal Assembly in February 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the work on the Zircon hypersonic missile was proceeding as scheduled. As the Russian leader said, the Zircon is capable of developing a speed of Mach 9 and its striking range capability can exceed 1,000 km. The Russian leader also said that the Zircon could strike both naval and ground targets. Putin specified at the time that there were plans to deploy Zircon on serial-produced surface ships and submarines, including the warships built or under construction for Kalibr cruise missiles.

Russian Deputy Defence Minister Alexei Krivoruchko said in November 2019 that there were plans to deploy Zircon missiles on the frigate Marshal Shaposhnikov currently undergoing modernization and on the Project 949A multi-purpose nuclear-powered submarine Irkutsk. In December 2019, Head of Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation Alexei Rakhmanov said that it would be possible to deploy Tsirkon hypersonic missiles on all Russian ships of new Projects.

The Project 22350 lead frigate Admiral Gorshkov displaces 4,500 tonnes and is 135 meters long. It carries Kalibr cruise missiles as its main armament.



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Russia’s defence chief briefs senators on Zircon hypersonic missile tests

2020/03/1585142924.jpg
Read: 966     17:55     25 March 2020    

Russia’s Defence Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu informed Russian senators on Wednesday about the flight development tests of the Zircon (Tsirkon) sea-launched hypersonic missile, Defence.az reports citing TASS.


"The flight development tests of the Zircon sea-launched hypersonic missile are under way," the defence chief said at a plenary session in the upper house of Russia’s parliament.

Two sources in the domestic defence industry earlier told TASS that Russia would speed up the test launches of the Zircon hypersonic missile from the seaborne delivery vehicles.

As the sources specified, the test-launches of the Zircon hypersonic missile from Yasen-class submarines will begin already this year along with the continued series of test-firings from the frigate Admiral Gorshkov.

The first test-launches from an underwater delivery vehicle are expected to be carried out from the submarine Severodvinsk from the surface position, the sources said.

Zircon hypersonic missile
In his State-of-the-Nation Address to the Federal Assembly in February 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the work on the Zircon hypersonic missile was proceeding as scheduled. As the Russian leader said, the Zircon is capable of developing a speed of Mach 9 and its striking range capability can exceed 1,000 km. The Russian leader also said that the Zircon could strike both naval and ground targets. Putin specified at the time that there were plans to deploy Zircon on serial-produced surface ships and submarines, including the warships built or under construction for Kalibr cruise missiles.

Russian Deputy Defence Minister Alexei Krivoruchko said in November 2019 that there were plans to deploy Zircon missiles on the frigate Marshal Shaposhnikov currently undergoing modernization and on the Project 949A multi-purpose nuclear-powered submarine Irkutsk. In December 2019, Head of Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation Alexei Rakhmanov said that it would be possible to deploy Tsirkon hypersonic missiles on all Russian ships of new Projects.

The Project 22350 lead frigate Admiral Gorshkov displaces 4,500 tonnes and is 135 meters long. It carries Kalibr cruise missiles as its main armament.



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