Russian ‘Zircon’ Hypersonic Missile Test Hits Surface Target at Sea 217 Miles Away

Photo by the Russian Ministry of Defense of Russia / Screenshot via Twitter

In its continuing bid to modernize and strengthen its military forces, Russia is developing and fielding a wide range of new military tech. Among them, hypersonic weapons play a prominent role. Zircon [Tsirkon] is Russia’s newest hypersonic cruise missile. I wrote about the missile in more detail, and about an earlier test of the Zircon, here.

But it was apparently now successfully test-launched against a surface target at sea at over 200 miles.

Russia’s Defence Ministry said its Admiral Gorshkov frigate fired the hypersonic cruise missile at a ground target located on the coast of the Barents Sea and hit its intended target 350 km (217 miles) away. The missile is said to have traveled at Mach 7 (seven times the speed of sound, or 5,371 mph)

Russia is also planning to arm its submarines with the Zircon missile. According to the Russian News Agency TASS:

The first launch from the Admiral Gorshkov frigate within the state trials is planned for the first part of August. The second part of August will see flight trials of Zircon from the Severodvinsk nuclear submarine.

Putin Has been touting this new line of nuclear-capable weapons that can breach U.S. defenses and hit a target “anywhere in the world,” since 2018. During his annual state-of-the-nation speech in March 2018, TASS reported that Putin said:

A low-flying low-visibility cruise missile armed with a nuclear warhead and possessing a practically unlimited range, unpredictable flight path and the capability to impregnate practically all interception lines is invulnerable to all existing and future anti-missile and air defense weapons.

ADN

Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Truth Matters
Truth Matters
14 days ago

Time for the Gender Studies, Managing Diversity and Social Justice grandfathers from the US Naval Academy to stare the Zircon down, tell it that it’s racist because it was designed by Caucasians.
That should work, no problem.

Truth Matters
Truth Matters
14 days ago
Reply to  Truth Matters

Graduates, not grandfathers.

Elizabeth Estrada aka CHIAKIA

LISTEN UP…The U.S. has LASER TECHNOLOGY. ONE of the BEST DISCOVERIES of ALL TIME. THEY Also Have Other SECRET WEAPONTRY that will Be USED at the RIGHT TIME. THEY are NOT Going to SHOW ALL Their CARDS at ONE TIME. It is Called STRATEGY. A CARD GAME …a CHESS Game..WINNER TAKE ALL. Besides GOD is on the U.S. Side. From SamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄

William J de Seve
William J de Seve
14 days ago

My dear Elizabeth…are WE on God’s side? //Is there any chance for a Christian revival in our country?

Jawad
Jawad
14 days ago

Do its engines run on vodka?

Ecks Mann
Ecks Mann
14 days ago
Reply to  Jawad

No. It’s a solid rocket motor. It DOES NOT have unlimited range either. The author has scant knowledge of his subject.

True American
True American
14 days ago

I just passed gas Putin can your new missile travel that fast?

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