The developers will conduct ten launches hypersonic “Zircon”

developers together with the military will conduct ten launches advanced hypersonic missiles “Zircon”, and then the state tests of the munition is planned to be completed. As reported by TASS, citing a source in the military-industrial complex, the test-firing of ammunition will be produced with two carriers — the frigate “Admiral Gorshkov” project 22350 and multipurpose nuclear submarine “Severodvinsk” project 885 “Ash”.

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. The first tests of the rocket “Zircon” shooting 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 were 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 range of the munition is up to 600 kilometers. The missile is capable of speeds up to Mach 9.

Test-firing missiles in the framework of the program of state tests will be conducted in 2020-2021 years. Seven or eight of them will be carried out on Board the frigate “Admiral Gorshkov” and the others from the submarine “Severodvinsk”. To complete the state tests of “Zircon” is planned in 2021, and to accept the missile into service in 2022-m.

Informed RIA Novosti citing its own sources reportedthat the first flight tests of missiles “Zircon” on Board the multipurpose submarine will be held in the 2024-2025 year. It was argued that the missile will be launched from a nuclear submarine project 885M “Ash-M”, which is “Severodvinsk” is not true.

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