The arrival of new Zircon missiles in the Russian Navy is likely to begin in 2021, Director of the Bureau of Military-Political Analysis Alexander Mikhailov told Izvestia on Friday, December 11.
Earlier that day, the frigate “Admiral Gorshkov” conducted regular tests of the hypersonic missile “Zircon”, firing from the waters of the White Sea. The Russian Defense Ministry reported that the missile successfully hit a coastal target at a distance of 350 km.
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At the moment, the “Zircons” neutralize the capabilities of the air defense and missile defense systems of the US Navy ships, the military political scientist said.
“Moving at speeds up to Mach 10, the latest Russian missiles penetrate any, including promising, anti-missile defense of potential enemy ships,” Mikhailov added.
According to him, in the future, this complex can be used in the land version.
“Zircon” will be able to hit targets in the water area from the shore as a promising coastal anti-ship complex. As for countering the Russian missile, the American “pinnacle” of the ship’s missile defense – the SM-6 missile – is still capable of hitting only supersonic missiles: its speed does not exceed Mach 3.5, “the expert added.
The Zircon hypersonic cruise missile has already been fired twice by the Admiral Gorshkov frigate as part of the tests. The first launch took place in early October and the second in November. They were also considered successful.
On November 26, the ex-commander of the Northern Fleet, Admiral Vyacheslav Popov, said that the success of the second test launch of the Zircon hypersonic missile in two months is a reason to seriously talk about the reliability of this weapon and its imminent entry into service.