Since the Burevestnik is using a nuclear reactor can that nuclear reactor be used to power a plasma generator?
This project they could have not drawn enough power for the plasma density to absorb the firecontrol frequencies like S-band in other words not enough electrons. While Russians have said it draws out too much power
“Specially creating a plasma screen in front of a cruise missile today is no longer as relevant as it was in the 80s of the last century, when the Meteorite was developed,” professor of the Academy of Military Sciences Vadim Kozyulin told Izvestia. - The car was made under the then conditions of a missile defense breakthrough, when the enemy could notice it only in the opposite direction. Today, radar is irradiated from above, from below, from the side. Therefore, the only way to go unnoticed is to fly at a hypersonic speed of six or more Machs. At such speeds, a plasma cloud is formed around the apparatus itself. And here it is important that in Russia they already know how to use it both as a radar absorbing protective shield and as an antenna with which it is possible to transmit combat control signals”
Why the Russians have chosen speed over plasma generators is this. http://www.aerospaceweb.org/design/scripts/atmosphere/
Put the temperature, speed of mach 9 and 30-40km altitude in the calculator above
So if the Zircon is at mach 10 than its plasma density is thick enough to deal with higher firecontrol frequencies. tests results of plasmas for re-entry targets https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19670020821.pdf For their radar cross section.
I believe this is the reason why they chose the 30-40km altitude for Zircon.
Which means higher temperatures and more electrons for Zircon and this is how they will solve the communications problems for Zircon. https://www.technologyreview.com/s/422292/russian-physicists-solve-radio-black-out-problem-for-re-entering-spacecraft/
They are still teaching their students about plasma generators so can plasma generators be re-introduced later with smaller compact nuclear power sources? The Russians got insulted the most by the west for nuclear propulsion missiles and plasma stealth. So can the Burevestnik be a double F%&ck you missile or single F&ck you while the Zircon gives the other f%ck you?