Even better. They will fire nuks above their heads and frize their own electronics from the EM pulse.
EMPs can be generated by nuclear explosions but they have to be outside the atmosphere to do it properly.
Are you suggesting a group of US ships led by the biggest and most powerful aircraft carrier in the world together with a dozen AEGIS class cruisers are going to just ignore a Zircon missile zipping towards them at 3.2 km per second at say 70 km altitude just a minute or two after launch... just silently sit there as it comes in and watch it obliterate any ship of that group that it chooses?
Standard SM-2 missiles include weapons armed with nuclear warheads... it is not an accident and it is not for sinking enemy ships... it is to obliterate a group of enemy bombers detected in a group at enormous distances with one missile... it is command guided and flys to a coordinate and then detonates... It would be their only chance and as I have said not a great one... they wont have thousands of them and even if it works after the fourth missile or sixth missile that is probably all they have because as you suggest the ionisation of the high atmosphere is likely going to make that region of air opaque to radar returns for quite a few hours... after the first few they would then be best launching a couple up above their current position and turn and head out of dodge as fast as they can because they will rn out of nuclear armed SAMs faster than Russia will run out of Zircons... even Onyx is still dangerous, not to mention Kh-32, and a range of other anti ship weapons at their disposal...
Then russian subs will fire 5 or 6 650mm torpedoes with 500kt nuks at the carrier group.
The fact of the matter is that a US carrier group approaching Russian territory doesn't know there isn't a Yasen class SSN behind them on their way home at a time of obviously heightened tensions that could easily be launching the low flying supersonic anti ship Club missile from behind just to spice things up along with a variety of other goodies to surprise them with.
More importantly the problem with the low flying supersonic club is that the rocket is only mach 2,9 for about 30-40km range... it would not take that much to replace the rocket section with a scramjet powered stage... as it would be scooping up air it would not need oxidiser... just fuel, so by weight it could be quarter the weight, or more precisely it could use a solid rocket booster half the weight and then a scramjet sustainer to allow it to fly 60-100km at very low altitude at mach 2.9 which would actually make it formidable and sneaky because low and slow for the first 1,500km and then the last 100km at mach 2.9 or so at very low altitude would be hard to spot and very hard to stop.
If it was directly below an F-35 when it launched its supersonic terminal stage that F-35 could not do very much about it it could not catch it and none of its missiles (Sidewinder or AMRAAM) can fly at mach 3 at sea level for any useful distance...
So to say, they can be contained but not asphyxiated. Many people still do not understand that such position is the main reason of Russia's extreme relevance in geopolitics and why the West needs them gone.
Its enormous size also means resources largely untapped waiting for someone to find and exploit... that is how the 1% got rich... owning mines and paying people minimum wage to work for them to make them disgustingly wealthy... far beyond anything you really need... so you separate yourself from the majority and look down upon them with disdain... despite the fact that they made you your wealth... how stupid of them to let you do that to them...
If this is true then the yanks would have done this already against both Russia and China, they don't need to wait for an incident to use as an excuse since they are good at inventing excuses anyways.
What makes you think they don't already do this? Venezuela is in trouble because they have an oil based economy and the value of oil is low because they are trying to get the Russians by devaluing something they earn money from.... Venezuela looks to China and Russia for help instead of the US and there is a threat that those enormous potential oil reserves might go to Russia or China and there is suddenly a question about whether Maduro is leader of Venezuela... despite no international protests at the time of the election where he seemed to win fair and square...
If there had been an invasion a few carrier groups would be critical to prevent Russia from interfering... they have sent a Kirov class ship there previously and even that would upset their plans a little despite how actually vulnerable it would be.
China, soon with aircraft carriers and destroyers to accompany them might get to the place where they can send naval support when even Russia would struggle.
To be clear if it was WWIII and Russia needed to sink a US carrier then sending a Yasen class sub with 32 Zircons would get the job done much faster and more efficiently than anything on the surface they could send, but as you can imagine the options for such a sub are limited... launch and start WWIII or don't launch and remain invisible.
A Russian carrier group could go without firing a shot and cause a change in tactics from the US by simply being there or entering Venezuelan waters for a Naval exercise... they planned it all last year if you must know....
We will see. How many times had they violated Russian borders in the last years?
They test, but withdraw when challenged or rammed.
Well the answer is really quite simple, cost/range and recoverability. Hypersonic missiles will have a consumable airframe to deal with heat. I.e the hottest parts will slowly erode. Its a one use item.
Not really... the SR-71 is a plane essentially made of titanium and is enormously expensive to buy and make, and it burns large volumes of fuel every time it flys... but it was taken out of retirement several times because the information it provides is worth it... they call the CIA planes so they probably get paid for out of drug money profits the CIA generates anyway.
The point is that at one stage when they were talking about retiring them again to save money in some budget they wanted to spend on something else they asked for an evaluation on their condition hoping they will be worn out and can be scrapped so the money used on them can be diverted to other things... perhaps satellites or perhaps drones... but when inspected it seems the heating up and cooling down of normal operational has actually tempered the metal and the most worn ones were in better condition than the less frequently used ones...
Of course for a single use item they are still made of expensive heat resistant materials, but then using them only once means their life time costs are low.
A drone will be smaller and lighter as you do not have to provision for a human or for survivability. That will be provided for by stealth. The drone is just a truck with some sensors to take the missiles within range of the target. If the drone has 2000 km range and missile 1000KM you now have a 3000 km range missile in emergencies (much better then sending your guys on a suicide mission) Also a drone will be FAR cheaper as it will just be a big wing and engine. It can also act as an AWACs platform if you put the antennas on the surface. The drone will have a smaller radar cross section as well. Loiter time with refulling drones? Unlimited!!! You can probably have a 10 T drone carry 2 missiles quite easily vs a 50T fighter.
A drone is dumb and there are communication issues... a PAK DA bomber can carry far more missiles being a much bigger platform, but could also carry missiles to defend itself, and it is a multi use platform that can perform a variety of missions in peace time and in war.
RCS has nothing to do with physical size.
Russia will never use Nuclear weapons against the USA,
Impressed by your confidence, but it kinda sounds like the sort of logic and belief that the next sanction will do it... and make Russia comply with our demands and conform to our way of thinking.
The only thing stopping Russia using nukes against the west is the knowledge they will respond in kind and everyone dies.
The west on the other hand thinks Russia is broken and dying and kicking in the front door and watch the whole building collapse is a possibility... just one more sanction, or just get rid of Putin is all they need.
Of course if the guy that replaces Putin is not Yeltsin, but Stalin, then the old saying... careful what you wish for...