Experts: Russia has taken a new step in the development of hypersonic weapons
Military expert Sivkov: Mobile installation for "Zircon" will make it invulnerable
The land mobile installation provides a number of advantages in using the Zircon, including the secrecy of our equipment. This opinion was expressed by military experts Alexander Bartosh and Konstantin Sivkov in a conversation with the VZGLYAD newspaper. Earlier it became known about the development and manufacture in hardware of a mobile launcher of a coastal missile system (BRK) with a Zircon hypersonic missile.
“A mobile launcher will allow you to transfer weapons as close as possible to the objects of use. This reduces the flight time and provides stealth technology, making it almost invulnerable. Previously, sea carriers were used for Zircon missiles. But the mobile land version is a new step,” said Alexander Bartosh, Corresponding Member of the Academy of Military Sciences.
At the same time, the interlocutor noted that it is advisable to use this type of weaponry only in case of urgent need. “This is a very expensive tool and they will most likely be hit only at very important strategic targets - combat control centers, moreover, at the government level, or at large bases,” he explained.
“At the same time, I do not think that such weapons will be used in Ukraine. The use of Zircon in a special operation will require additional reconnaissance of targets and will minimize the time from the moment a target is detected to its destruction to just a few minutes, ”said Bartosz.
Zircon is a hypersonic weapon that is practically invulnerable to air defense. At the coastal complex, the range of destruction varies from a thousand to one and a half thousand kilometers. The range of carrier-based aviation is about 800 kilometers. That is, by creating and using a missile system, we can strike at the enemy without entering the reach of his carrier-based aircraft, ”says Konstantin Sivkov, doctor of military sciences, in turn.
“The coastal mobile system creates a security zone 1,500 kilometers deep. Probably, such installations will appear along the perimeter of Russia's maritime borders in the foreseeable future," Sivkov concluded.
Earlier, a source close to the military department said that a prototype of a mobile launcher for a coastal missile system with a Zircon hypersonic missile had already been created. He clarified that the launcher, as in the case of the Bastion DBK, will carry two missiles. The source also said that the launcher of the new complex is four-axle, as in the Bastion complex with the Onyx missile, TASS reports.
TASS The agency notes that the DBK, like its predecessor, the Bastion complex, will have the ability to hit both surface and ground targets. Previously, state tests of the Zircon were carried out from a surface carrier - the frigate Admiral Gorshkov. In 2021, tests of the missile from an underwater carrier, the Severodvinsk nuclear submarine, also began.
In August, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced the start of serial production of Zircon hypersonic missiles. Recall that during the parade on Navy Day in St. Petersburg, Vladimir Putin said that the supply of Zircon hypersonic missile systems to the Russian Armed Forces would begin in the coming months. The first ship to use missiles will be the frigate Admiral Gorshkov.