МОСКВА, 29 дек — РИА Новости. В российской Арктике состоялись испытания зенитной ракетной системы (ЗРС) С-500, сообщил РИА Новости информированный источник.
"Пуск дальнобойной ракетной системы был выполнен по гиперзвуковой мишени, цель успешно поражена", — рассказал собеседник агентства.
MOSCOW, December 29 - RIA Novosti. In the Russian Arctic, tests of the S-500 anti-aircraft missile system (SAM) took place, an informed source told RIA Novosti.
"The launch of the long-range missile system was carried out at a hypersonic target, the target was successfully hit," the agency's interlocutor said.
December 25, 2021
Russia conducts successful salvo launch of Tsirkon missiles
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Friday Russia conducted a successful salvo launch of Tsirkon hypersonic missiles early Friday morning.
"A salvo launch of the Tsirkon hypersonic system was carried out last night, more precisely this morning," RIA Novosti news agency reported citing the president at a joint meeting of the State Council and the Council on Science and Education.
"This is our latest missile, which can hit both naval and ground targets," he added.
"The tests were carried out successfully, flawlessly. This is a great event for the country and a significant step aimed at enhancing Russia's security, improving its defense capabilities," Putin said.
The Russian leader congratulated and thanked the developers, engineers and designers that worked on the hypersonic missile system.
Quite interesting. S-500 made succesful interception of hypersonic target in the Arctic. If that was ballistic missile, they would say it intercepted ballistic missile, but with supersonic target, they most probably mean hypersonic cruise missile. Hypersonic targets for air defense training don't exist yet, so it could shot down only one of actual test hypersonic missiles. Be it Kinzhal or Zircon.
Here we come to another interesting moment, that both tests happened at similar time and in similar place in Arctic. Considering that at Christmass time Gorshkov frigate launched salvo of more missiles (not known exact number), there is a good chance, that one of those test Zircon missiles was used as hypersonic target for S-500. Both were there at the same time, so it is possible. Zircon fly at max speed of 8 to 9 Mach.
If we could prove or Russia confirm, that S-500 successfully shot down Zircon missile, than Russia already have effective defense against hypersonic treats, considering that Zircon is faster than US X-51, which fly at max speed of 5 to 6 Mach.