Russia’s Defense Ministry says the Sevrodonsk nuclear submarine has successfully completed the first test of a zircon hypersonic missile in the Barents Sea.
According to the department, the test launch was aimed at a conditional maritime target. Zircon’s flight was in accordance with specific parameters and the missile hit the conventional target. Air data recorders confirmed the successful destruction of the target.
In August, it was reported that during the Army 2021 Forum, the Ministry of Defense signed the first agreement with the Scientific and Production Association of Mechanical Engineering for the supply of Zircon hypersonic missiles.
In February 2019, during his address to the Federal Assembly, Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed that the Zircon hypersonic missile would have a speed of Mach 9 (more than three kilometers per second above the ground), while having a range of flight. More than a thousand kilometers
Later, Alexei Kryvorochko, Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, said that Zircon Yassin and anti-project multi-purpose nuclear submarines, Admiral Gorshkov class frigates, would be installed on the destroyers of the 23560 Leader project. The missile will also be used for an upgraded version of Project 1144.2 Admiral Nakhimov Cruiser.