Isos wrote:And yes the zircon would replace Onyx eventually, and will likely be used for land attack too.
It's doubtfull that it will have a very long range for that role. Even oniks is 600km in high altitude mode. Speed is not only factor for missiles.
Quite rubbish data.
An object on a ballistic path with 3 km/sec speed has a range of 458 km.
It will be accelerated with a solid rocket, and it has a scramjet acceleration phase as well, that is more than 50 km, so the minimum range of the zyrcon is 500 km.
if the rocket can go 300 km with full propulsion power, keeping the speed only then the range is 800 km.At least.
The Onyx range as well has to be more than 1000 km.
The only challenge is the targeting, I think they using the sonar in the SOFAR channel, and maybe than can get targeting data for carriers/ships going with full speed from 1000 km.