Serial deliveries of Zircon hypersonic missiles for the Russian Navy will begin in 2022. The Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Alexei Krivoruchko told about this in an interview with the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper, published on Wednesday, December 30.
All “Ash”: submarines will aim “Zircons” on the enemy. The interaction of the nuclear submarine with frigates of the “Admiral Gorshkov” project will be worked out during the maneuvers of the Northern Fleet
He recalled that in 2020, a number of successful launches of this rocket were carried out from the frigate Admiral Gorshkov.
“And starting from 2022, their serial delivery will begin,” the deputy minister said.
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.
According to the plan, the missile complex should be adopted in 2020-2021. In addition to the naval version, Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned the development of the land-based Zircon.