Compact hypersound: Navy will receive lightweight Zircon missiles
"Rocket kids" equip new weapons
The Defense Ministry will receive a miniature version of the Zircon hypersonic rocket. First of all, it should be equipped with small rocket ships (MRK) of the Karakurt and Buyan-M projects. Also, the rocket will be adapted for launches from a special container. Previously, the "Zircon" was to be installed on nuclear cruisers and nuclear submarines, as well as frigates. The appearance of "light" hypersonic missiles will affect the tactics of the Navy. IRAs and submarines operating from ambushes will not allow enemy attack forces to approach the Russian coast.
The Chief of the Naval Forces "Izvestia" was told that the tactical and technical requirements for the new version of the "Zircon" have already been formed. "Miniature" will not greatly affect the basic characteristics of the rocket. In terms of the destructive power, she practically will not yield to her “elder sister”. First of all, “Zircons” should arm the IRAs of the project 22800 “Karakurt” and the IRAs of the project 21631 “Buyan-M”. Both types of IRAs are equipped with Caliber cruise missiles and Onyx supersonic anti-ship missiles. The appearance of "Zircons" on board small rocket ships will allow them to fight any adversary.
Finally, anti-ship missiles can hit ground targets with predetermined coordinates. Such opportunities are especially in demand in coastal areas, where RTOs and submarines will have to counteract not only enemy ships, but also help their ground forces.
“Zircon” is adapted for firing from existing launchers, but with small-scale rockets and submarines, it is better to use small missiles, military expert, MilitaryRussia editor Dmitry Kornev told Izvestia.
“A lightweight rocket is likely to have the same engine, but it will receive a slightly smaller warhead, a supply of fuel and a number of structural elements,” he believes. - It is highly likely that the starting accelerator of the product is also modified - it is very powerful at the Zircon.