The deployment of Zircon hypersonic missiles threatens the integrity of NATO’s maritime defense. This conclusion was reached on Wednesday, January 4, by Alessandra Scotto, a columnist for the British newspaper Express.
It is noted that the Zircon cruise missiles can move at a speed of Mach 8–9 (9800–11,025 km/h). With such acceleration, they will be invisible to radar systems.
Meanwhile, the director of the Institute for Crisis Studies, Mark Almond, told Newsweek back in July that the presence of such weapons in Moscow prevents Western states from “going too far” in providing military assistance to Kyiv.
Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the order to send the Admiral Gorshkov frigate, equipped with Zircon missiles, to combat service on January 4. According to the head of state, this step will help protect the country from potential external threats and will help ensure national interests.
The head of the defense department, Sergei Shoigu, who took part in the ceremony of sending the ship, in turn, specified that the frigate would pass through the Atlantic and Indian oceans, as well as the Mediterranean Sea. At this time, exercises will be organized using hypersonic missiles.
“Admiral Gorshkov” refers to the frigates of the project 22350. He joined the Navy (Navy) of the Russian Federation in July 2018. Last December, the frigate made an inter-fleet transition and, after scheduled maintenance at the Kronstadt Marine Plant, arrived at the main base of the Northern Fleet – the city of Severomorsk.