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3M22 Zircon Hypersonic Cruise Missile (Infographics)

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3M22 Zircon Hypersonic Cruise Missile (Infographics)

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The 3M22 Zircon is a scramjet powered maneuvering anti-ship hypersonic cruise missile developed for the Russian Navy. It’s currently undergoing testing.

Russia To Test Zircon Hypersonic Missile A Dozen More Times In 2020-21 (24.04.2020):

Russia will conduct approximately a dozen more launches of the latest Zircon hypersonic missile as part of state tests, TASS reported citing its own sources in the military-industrial complex.

“Until the completion of state tests of the Zircon complex, it is planned to carry out about a dozen more launches of hypersonic missiles from two carriers,” the source said.

According to him, the launch tests will take place in 2020-2021.

“About 7-8 launches are planned from the [Project 22350] Admiral Gorshkov frigate, they will hit land and sea targets, and 2-3 launches will be carried out from the [Project 885 Yasen-class] Severodvinsk nuclear submarine, at least one of them from underwater position,” the source said.

NPO Mashinostroyeniya (part of the Tactical Missiles Corporation) which, according to media reports, developed the Zircon rocket, did not comment on the information provided by the source.

The development of the Zircon rocket has been underway since 2011, and flight tests have been conducted since 2015.

The missile will be used to destroy enemy surface ships equipped with anti-aircraft and missile defense systems that can effectively intercept modern supersonic anti-ship cruise missiles. The first tests of the Zircon rocket by firing at a target located on the shore took place in January 2020.

During these tests, the missile was launched from the frigate Admiral Gorshkov and hit a coastal target at a distance of 500 kilometers.

The technical details about the hypersonic missile have not yet been disclosed. Presumably, the Zircon is a two-stage rocket.

The first stage of the missile is equipped with a solid propellant rocket engine, and the second – ramjet. The ammunition range is up to 600 kilometers. The rocket is capable of speeds up to Mach 9.

The Zircon missile can be launched from standard launchers of the VLS (Vertical Launching System) 3C-14, that is, the same as those used for the Kalibr and Onyx cruise missiles. In the future, Zircon can be armed on all modern ships and submarines with the VLS.

As another TASS source in the military-industrial complex said earlier, it is planned to complete the state tests of Zircon in 2021, and to commission the missile into service in 2022.

Just days earlier, the National Interest wrote that the Zircon is quite a threat to the US Navy’s fleet, regardless if its nuclear or not.

“The Zircon hypersonic missile is alleged to be a variant of Russia’s P-880 Onyx. At Mach 2.9, the Onyx is fast, but nowhere near as fast as the Zircon, which is propelled to hypersonic speeds—in excess of Mach 5. The Zircon has a two-stage propellant system that uses a solid-fuel propellant to bring it up to speed, then is powered by a scramjet combustion engine.

Launching submarine-based hypersonic missiles is a potent ability. Submarines can stay underwater for weeks or months, undetected and protected. Though the Zircon is thought to be armed with conventional explosives, it hardly matters.

Traveling in the Mach 5+ range generates so much kinetic energy that even a concrete-filled warhead would create a massive explosion if it hit the ground—or a massive hole in an aircraft carrier.“

In conclusion, the author of the article said that the combination of the new Yasen-class nuclear submarine and the Zircon hypersonic missile was an incredibly dangerous combination.

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  • cechas vodobenikov

    how many cities in the USA can be targeted from The Atlantic or pacific by Russian subs and destroyers? Both refuel in Cuba, Venezuela, Spain etc and cruise both oceans regularly near US shores…sure, trump can threaten to shoot down flying Iranian fast boats—to his credit he is astute enough to recognized that he cannot bully Russia…US is a nation of bullies…as Gorer observed, only in the US does the concept of the “sissy” exist…of course amerikans will only challenge someone they perceive to be weaker—obviously: only amerikans consider a color to be cowardice—yellow

    • Lone Ranger

      The Zirkon isnt really against cities but carrier strike groups.
      One ship can take out a whole carrier strike group without breaking a sweat, if thats not cost effective dont know what is.

  • Zionism = EVIL

    Russia is at the cutting edge of military technology and should guard its secrets from the thieving Jew cunts and Americunt losers. The Zircon hypersonic missile and the S-500 Prometheus have no equal on planet earth.

  • Peter Jennings

    The ‘military-industrial complex’ is an american invention and doesn’t belong in descriptions of Russian tech efforts. The main difference is that in the US the military suppliers, their lobbyists, the political corruption, has run wild, along with the budgets. The Russian admin controls these things much better, which reflects in their results.

    The US are a decade away in keeping pace with Russian tech and probably two decades away from sorting their corrupt and wasteful tendencies in their political and military institutions. They also have a dollar collapse in the making which should ruin their warmongering habits for maybe two decades or more.

    It took WWII to finally get america out from the crashes of 1929.

  • Raptar Driver

    Russia has the tools but not the will to implement.

    • Lone Ranger

      Is that why they won in Syria?
      Blocking the Greater Israel Project?
      Oy vey…

      • Raptar Driver

        Just a little premature don’t you think? 1⁄3 of Syria is still occupied Syria is not sovereign, Russia hasn’t won yet and neither has Syria.
        By the way Oye From Wisconsin USA

        • Lone Ranger

          85% is under govt control now.
          Turkey was the last hope for the CIA and Mossad, and they failed.
          U.S. troops are pulling out, now that oil is worthless they are transfering the oil fields to the Kurds, whom without the help of the SAA and Russia are toast.
          Final clean up operations ongoing.
          Only thing the U.S. and Israel achieved is that Iran is running Iraq now and has a big influance in Syria.
          Military industrial complex got reacher, but U.S. foreign policy failed, Greater Israel Project is also toast.
          19 years of war in 4 countries and for what?
          Another generation crippled.
          Slow clap…
          Shalom.

  • Lone Ranger

    What a beauty.
    Deterrence is gold.