Russia will increase the number of warships armed with Zircon hypersonic missiles, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has announced on December 9.
“In the Navy, it is necessary to increase the number of open ocean warships, including those carrying Kalibr cruise missiles and Zircon hypersonic missiles,” Shoigu said at during conference call.
Shoigu added that “it is needed to expand the nomenclature of unmanned aerial vehicles, robotic systems and weapons based on new physical principles.”
Zircon hypersonic missiles are reportedly can be used laucnhed from the 3S-14 vertical launchers already used in warships armed with Kalibr cruise missiles. This means that Admiral Grigorovich-class frigates, Admiral Gorshkov-class frigates,
Gepard-class frigates, Steregushchy-class corvettes, Gremyashchy-class corvettes, Buyan-M-class corvettes of the Russian Navy are theoretically capable of launching Zircon missiles.
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