The new sea-launched missiles will enter service in early 2022. According to Putin, Russia began to create such weapons in response to threats from NATO
The sea-based Zircon hypersonic missile will put into service in Russia early next year, President Vladimir Putin said at the VTB Capital forum “ Russia is calling! ''.
“We can do it now. We have successfully tested, and from the beginning of the year, we will be in service with a sea-based hypersonic missile [with a developed speed] of Mach nine '', & mdash; said Putin.
According to him, Russia was forced to start developing hypersonic weapons in response to the actions of NATO, the infrastructure of which “ fit '' to the Russian borders. Putin noted that elements of an anti-missile defense system, in particular Mk-4 launchers, were deployed in Poland and Romania. “ They can be delivered and '' Tomahawks '' & mdash; shock systems. This poses threats to us', & mdash; said Putin.
“ In response, we were forced to start developing new hypersonic weapons. This is our answer & raquo;, & mdash; the president added.
He noted that Russia could create the same threats in response. “We can do it now. & lt; … & gt ;. Flight time before those who give orders [to NATO], & mdash; five minutes '', & mdash; said Putin.
That “ Zircon '' will enter service soon, Putin announced at the end of June. The Ministry of Defense reported on several successful missile launches from the side of the Northern Fleet frigate Admiral Gorshkov. In early October, Zircon first launched from a submarine.
The Pentagon declared the Russian missile test a threat, and the Zircon itself was declared a threat. They called it a “ destabilizing factor '' because this weapon system, according to the US military, can carry a nuclear charge.
The Zircon hypersonic anti-ship cruise missile. is being developed by NPO Mashinostroyenia. Its exact technical characteristics have not been disclosed, but it is known that it is capable of speeds up to Mach 8 (more than 9.5 thousand km/h). “ Zircon '' it is planned to equip both surface ships and submarines. The missile can hit sea and ground targets at a maximum range of 500 km.
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