Russian Navy Frigate Admiral Gorshkov Test-launches Tsirkon Hypersonic Missile to Over 400 km Range
Russian Navy Frigate Admiral Gorshkov Test-launches Tsirkon Hypersonic Missile to Over 400 km Range

Russian Navy Frigate Admiral Gorshkov Test-launches Tsirkon Hypersonic Missile to Over 400 km Range


Russia’s Defense Ministry reported on Monday that the frigate Admiral Gorshkov successfully test-launched a Tsirkon hypersonic missile from the White Sea hitting a sea target at a range of over 400 km. The Russian Navy Northern Fleet’s frigate Admiral Gorshkov conducted another test-launch as part of the final stage of hypersonic missile armament trials. The Northern Fleet engaged its surface ships and naval aircraft to provide for the test-launch and close off the area.

The test-fire was conducted from the White Sea against a target position located at a distance of over 400 km. The data recorders indicate that the hypersonic missile flight’s complied with the designated parameters. The test-launch from the frigate Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov has been successful and the target has been wiped out. The previous test-fire against a sea target position was successfully conducted by the frigate’s crew two weeks ago.

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The state trials of the Tsirkon hypersonic missile would begin in November and continue in December. Overall, five test-launches against sea and coastal targets are planned. It was also reported that two Tsirkon hypersonic missile test-launches conducted from the nuclear-powered submarine Severodvinsk on October 4 for the first time paved the way for the missile’s state trials from a surface carrier. November 18, a Tsirkon hypersonic missile test-launched from the Northern Fleet’s frigate Admiral Gorshkov struck a naval target in the White Sea with a direct hit.

The 3M22 Zircon also spelled as 3M22 Tsirkon (NATO reporting name: SS-N-33) is a scramjet powered maneuvering anti-ship hypersonic cruise missile currently in testing by Russia. The missile’s range is estimated to be 135 to 270 nautical miles at low level, and up to 400 nmi in a semi-ballistic trajectory; average range is around 400–450 km . The Research and Production Association of Machine-Building based in the town of Reutovo in the Moscow Region had commenced work on the serial production of Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missiles for the Russian Navy.

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