On January 25, military expert Yuri Knutov told Izvestia about the technical characteristics of the Zircon hypersonic missile.
First of all, the specialist noted that the missile is designed to destroy sea targets and possible strikes against ground targets. The rocket has a speed of more than 9 Machs, that is, approximately 11 thousand km / h, the flight range is up to 1 thousand km.
“Given how these missiles maneuver horizontally and vertically, it is impossible to predict where she will be in the next second. Rockets with higher speed do not exist today. The peculiarity also lies in the fact that the rocket moves with an open plasma, and the plasma absorbs the radar beams. As a result, the rocket is not visible on radio radars, ”said Knutov.
All the missile can detect are infrared surveillance satellites, but they are tuned to ballistic missiles, not hypersonic ones, the expert noted. That is, today there are no such means, Knutov concluded.
Earlier that day, the crew of the frigate Admiral Gorshkov of the Soviet Union Fleet, operating in areas of the western Atlantic Ocean, conducted an exercise on the use of hypersonic missile weapons, namely the Zircon missile, by computer simulation.
The frigate “Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov” is a modern multi-purpose ship with guided missile weapons designed to solve problems in the far sea and ocean zones. A ship armed with Zircons is capable of inflicting pinpoint powerful strikes against any enemy targets at sea and on land. A feature of the Zircon hypersonic missiles is the ability to reliably overcome any modern and advanced air defense and missile defense systems.
On January 4, Russian President Vladimir Putin took part in the commissioning ceremony for the Admiral Gorshkov frigate, calling the event significant. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who took part in the ceremony of entering the frigate into combat service, in turn, said that the frigate would go on a campaign across the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, as well as the Mediterranean Sea. The main efforts of the frigate’s crew will be aimed at countering the threats to Russia.