The latest Zircon hypersonic missile for surface ships of the Russian Navy may be put into service before the end of 2022. This was reported by a source close to the military department of the Russian Federation.
“State tests of the product have been completed, it is expected that in the next five months the surface Zircon will be adopted by the Navy,” he said. There is no official confirmation of these data yet.
According to the interlocutor of the agency, NPO Mashinostroeniya (part of the Tactical Missiles Corporation) continues serial production of Zircons, and work is also underway to increase the range of the missile.
Earlier it was reported that the test launch of the Zircon hypersonic missile, carried out on May 28, was carried out at the maximum range, this work completed the state tests of the product from a surface carrier - the frigate Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov of the Northern Fleet. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported that the ship fired Zircon from the waters of the Barents Sea at a sea target in the White Sea at a distance of about 1,000 km.
The exact characteristics of "Zircon" are unknown. The approximate length of the rocket is 8-9.5 meters, the mass of the warhead is 300-400 kg, the speed is 6,000-10,200 km/h.