Ups The Zircon surface-to-air hypersonic missile can fire at a range of up to 1,500 km.
The commander of the frigate "Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov", Captain of the first rank Igor Krokhmal, said that the appearance of the hypersonic missile is one of the secret parameters.
MOSCOW, February 27. /tass/. The surface-launched hypersonic Zircon missile has a range of up to 1,500 km. About it in the report for the TV program "Vesti Nedeli" on the channel "Russia-1 " was announced by the commander of the frigate "Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov", Captain of the first rank Igor Krokhmal.
"Shooting will be conducted at a distance of 1,000 to 1,500 km. If we take 1,000 km and divide it by the speed of Mach 9, we get a flight time of 580-620 seconds, " he said, anticipating the launch of the rocket.
The report did not specify when the shooting was carried out. The announced launch of the Zircon took place on February 19 during the exercise of the strategic deterrent forces.
As follows from the report, a naval target was hit at a range of up to a thousand kilometers. The launch was carried out from the Barents Sea.
He also said that the appearance of the Zircon hypersonic missile is one of the secret parameters. "It is under this cover of the universal launcher that the secret hypersonic Zircon is located. Even its appearance is still a top secret. Knowing the size of the launch shaft, you can only confidently judge the dimensions of the rocket. Its length is about 9 m, its diameter is 60 cm, " the commander said.
According to him, he himself saw the Zircon rocket only during the launch, when you can't see much in the clouds of smoke and fire, and the Zircon frigate is loaded in a closed container.
"The appearance of a hypersonic missile and its appearance is one of the protected parameters. That's why I never saw her. But you can't see it at the start. It is impossible at these speeds, " Krokhmal assured.
The Russian Defense Ministry has closed a large area of the Barents Sea to shipping for the duration of the exercise. "Let them watch, we don't mind, on the contrary, they will say in their information messages that yes, indeed, there are such weapons. Russia does not deceive us, does not lead us on a false trail. Let them watch, our exercises are open for this, " the commander stressed, referring to NATO observers monitoring the tests along the borders of the restricted area reserved for firing.
Currently, the state tests of the Zircon from a surface carrier are being completed. The developer and manufacturer of the missile is the Reutov NPO Mashinostroyeniya (part of the Tactical Missile Armament Corporation).
Lots of info here:
> Range confirmed up to 1500 km, this was before only hinted, and only once, for land targets.
> It seems 9 M is average flight speed, or at least that is how the captain is making the calculations
> 600 mm diameter may leave open the option that it can be eventually launched from heavy torpedo tubes on SSNs (971), that would mean a massive increase in the number of those critical submarine carriers. Far from sure, but it is a possibility.
Obviously all this is related to the escalation in international tensions, Tsirkon will allow Russia and China to prevent the West from using their navies to isolate them through acts of piracy and gunboat diplomacy. The gloves are off in earnest I think...