3M22 Zircon hypersonic missile will be tested on Severodvinsk K-560 submarine
But not before completing the tests by an Admiral Gorshkov class frigate
The 3M22 Zircon (or Tsirkon) hypersonic cruise anti-ship missile will be tested by the Severodvinsk K-560 submarine: a military source reported it today to the Russian press on an unofficial basis, that specified that the evidence, from an underwater shooting position, will begin once a series of additional experimental launches have been completed by an Admiral Gorshkov class frigate of the Russian Navy.
There is believed that the Zircon, powered by a liquid-propelled Scramjet, has a range far greater than 500 km (and even of over 1000), and that its cruising speed reaches 8 times the speed of sound. Both submarines and ships will be equipped, including those equipped to carry Kaliber cruise missiles. It will certainly be embarked on the new fifth-generation Russian nuclear submarine of the Husky class currently under development.
According to what was declared last January by Nikolai Yevmenov, commander in chief of the Russian Navy, despite the overall positive evaluation of the test program, the missile still suffers from "childhood diseases". The modernized frigates should be the first platform to receive the Zircon, and "the tests must continue parallel to the armament of the Navy with the Kaliber cruise missile". The 3M22 will enter service in the coming years.
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