During the 2019 address to the Federal Assembly, Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed that Russia is going to equip its warship with new sea-launched hypersonic missile Zircon.
He noted that the missile has the range of over 1,000km and can travel at a speed of Mach 8. It can be both launched from submarines and surface ships at both sea and land targets.
According to Putin, Russian ships and submarines developed for Kalibr cruise missile launches will be capable of launching Zircon missiles. This will allow to reduce the cost of re-armament.
The president also revealed that state of other state-of-the-art weapons announced by him in the 2018 adress.
- The 5-th generation silo-based RS-28 Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle are being serially produced;
- The Kinzhal nuclear-capable air-launched hypersonic missile and the Peresvet combat laser system have confirmed their effectiveness and capabilities;
- The the nuclear-capable Poseidon unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) and the nuclear-powered cruise missile Burevesnik are successfully undergoing tests;
- A first submarine carrying the Poseidon UUV will be launched this spring. Putin added that the Russian Navy will get 7 multi-purpose submarines ahead of the schedule. It’s possible that one of this submarines will be equipped with the Poseidon.
Additionally, Putin commented on the situation with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. The president stressed that that if the US deploys its medium-range and short-range missiles in Europe, it will “dramatically exacerbate international security situation” in the region.
“This is a very serious threat to us. In this case, we will be forced — I want to emphasize this – forced to take tit-for-tat steps”, Putin said adding that such missiles will be able to reach Moscow in 10-12 minutes.
Besided this, he pointed out that the US was not sincere about why it wanted to end the INF Treaty.
“Our US partners should have been honest about it instead of using thought-up accusations to justify their unilateral exit from the treaty. They should have done it the same way they quit the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2004 when they simply pulled out, openly and honestly,” Putin said.
The Russian leader noted that now that the US has violated the treaty, Washington is “looking for a pretext and pointing the finger” at others, while its “satellite states” have mobilized to defend the US’ actions.
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