The success of the second in two months test launch of the Zircon hypersonic missile is a reason to seriously talk about the reliability of this weapon and its imminent entry into service. This was announced on Thursday, November 26, by the former commander of the Northern Fleet, Admiral Vyacheslav Popov.
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Earlier on the same day, the Zircon hypersonic missile was tested. She successfully hit a naval target at a distance of 450 km. A month and a half earlier, the Ministry of Defense published a video of the Zircon launch with an unparalleled control system and an ultra-precise homing head.
“Two successful launches in a row is already a serious step towards the conclusion about the very serious reliability of this missile,” Popov said in an interview with RIA Novosti.
According to the specialist, the missile is close to being put into service, but another test launch is likely to be needed.
It is assumed that the Zircon will have a maximum speed of Mach 9 (nine times the speed of sound, that is, 10.7 thousand km / h) and a flight range of more than a thousand kilometers. The missile system will be adopted in 2020 or 2021.
In November, The National Interest, citing Deputy Defense Secretary Mile Griffin, reported that the United States is lagging behind Russia in the development of hypersonic missiles.
In late October, US Air Force General Glen Vanherk said that hypersonic weapons from rival countries, including Russia, were challenging US early warning systems.
In turn, the US President’s National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien allowed the deployment of hypersonic missiles in European countries to “contain” Russia.