The first flight tests of promisingn hypersonic missiles “Zircon” on Board the multipurpose submarine will be held in the 2024-2025 year. As reports RIA Novosti, citing a source in then defense-industrial complex, the rocket will be launched from a nuclear submarine project 885M “Ash-M”.
That rocket “Zircon” in the framework of the state tests is scheduled to launch from the submarine, it became known in mid-March 2020. Terms of the tests then were not named. As expected, the test launches hypersonic missile will be made with the lead submarine of project 885 “Severodvinsk”. In preparation for the trials, the ship will be modernized.
It is planned that prior to testing a new weapon on the submarine, will be made several more launches of the rocket with the frigate “Admiral Gorshkov” project 22350.
The development of missiles “Zircon” is from 2011, and flight tests of ammunition are conducted 2015. The rocket will be used to defeat surface ships equipped with systems of air and missile defense, which can effectively intercept modern supersonic anti-ship cruise missiles.
Tests of cruise missiles firing at a target located on the shore, was held in January 2020. During these tests, the warhead was launched from the frigate “Admiral Gorshkov” and hit the shore the target in the destruction of 500 kilometers.
Technical details of future hypersonic missiles are not disclosed. Presumably, the “Zircon” — a two-stage rocket. The first stage of the munition equipped with solid rocket motors, and the second ramjet. The missile range is up to 600 kilometers.
The new missile is scheduled to be included in the armament of nuclear submarines of the fifth generation project “Husky”, the heavy nuclear missile cruiser “Peter the Great” and “Admiral Nakhimov” project 1144 “Orlan” destroyers of the project 23560 Leader, submarine project “Ash” and a heavy aviabearing cruiser “Admiral Kuznetsov” project 1143.5 “Krechet”.