Ship complex with hypersonic missile “Zircon” can arrive on arms of the army at the turn of the 2020-2021 years. This was announced by Deputy defense Minister of Russia Alexei Krivoruchko.
Hypersonic cruise missile “Zircon” will have a speed of Mach 9 (at nine times the speed of sound) and range over thousands of kilometers. It is assumed that these missiles will be armed as surface ships and submarines of the Russian Navy.
the First test “Zircon” began last December and carried out on Board the frigate of project 22350 “Admiral Gorshkov”. This year, the planned testing from surface ships of project 22350 and multipurpose nuclear submarines of project 885 M.
In December, President Vladimir Putin said that the new submarines and frigates, which will get Navy fleet (Navy) of the Russian Federation, it is necessary to adapt for installation of hypersonic missiles 3М22, or “Zircon”. In addition, the Russian leader said, ships, reinforced with new weapons that can dramatically change the situation in the event of hostilities.
In August, the General Director of Corporation “Tactical missiles” Boris Obnosov said that Russia conducted missile test “Zircon”.
In October, Putin confirmed that the Corvette project 20385 “Thundering” is equipped with missiles “Zircon”.