The new launch of the promising Russian hypersonic missile “Zircon” as part of its flight tests will take place in September from the Northern Fleet frigate of project 22350 “Admiral Gorshkov”. This was reported to TASS on the sidelines of the Army-2020 forum by two sources in the military-industrial complex on Saturday, August 29.
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“A new rocket launch from Gorshkov is scheduled for September,” said one of the agency’s interlocutors.
Another source confirmed this graph. According to him, the possibility of salvo firing “with two missiles at two targets at once” is being considered.
Earlier on June 26, the Ministry of Defense reported that during the tests of the Zircon, its unique characteristics in terms of range and firing accuracy were confirmed. The rocket’s speed was also incredibly high.
The launches took place in a planned manner from the frigate “Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov”.
On the same day, Russian President Vladimir Putin, during the main naval parade on the occasion of the Day of the Navy, announced the strengthening of the Navy with hypersonic weapons.
“Zircons” will arm multipurpose nuclear submarines, frigates and the nuclear missile cruiser “Admiral Nakhimov”. It was noted that he will be one of the first ships to receive these missiles.
In addition, this year the fleet will be strengthened by 40 ships.
The speed of the Zircon hypersonic missile is Mach nine, which is nine times the speed of sound. Its flight range is over 1,000 km. These missiles are planned to arm surface and submarine ships, both under construction and prospective.