MOSCOW ($1=62.00 Russian Rubles) — A brand new coastal missile system shall be produced in Russia. It’s a hypersonic missile system with 4 launchers for launching the Tsirkon hypersonic missile. The prototype has already been developed, writes the state information company TASS. In line with the company, the Tsirkon coastal missile system has a four-axle launcher and can carry two hypersonic missiles.

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The concept of ​​a shore-based hypersonic missile system is just not new. On the finish of 2019, Moscow introduced its intentions to develop such a weapon system. Then, this was introduced by Mr. Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, on Christmas Eve. “We’re engaged on a plan <…> on the Tsirkon hypersonic missile – floor and sea-based,” the Russian president mentioned in his speech, quoted by Interfax.

Nonetheless, the plans of the Russian Federation are altering once more. There was info that Moscow plans to combine the Tsirkon coastal missile protection on the finish of this yr. At the very least in line with TASS sources, who reported this earlier within the yr. Nonetheless, now, probably by the top of this yr, and subsequent yr as properly, Russia will conduct exams of the coastal missile system. Maybe will probably be at the least half a yr earlier than the primary Tsirkon coastal missile system takes fight obligation.

Tsirkon and Bastion-P

The primary battery of this coast guard is anticipated to be deployed in Crimea. Logical, contemplating that Russia is at conflict with Ukraine after Russian troops invaded Ukrainian territory on February 24. Presently, the principle bulwark of the Russian Coast Guard is the Bastion system. Bastion is designed to counter floor ships, together with carriers, convoys, and amphibious assault ships. TASS sources declare that Tsirkon, within the Coast Guard model, shall be designed for land targets as properly, along with naval targets.

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The naval model of the Tsirkon missile entered service with the Russian Navy someday in September of this yr. The primary receiver of this missile is the Admiral Gorshkov frigate of the Northern Fleet.

The naval model of the missile is already in serial manufacturing. Over the previous two years, Russia has carried out a number of exams of the missile, by means of launches from warships in varied seas. One of many key exams was on the finish of final yr, in December 2021, when, in line with Mr. Putin, the missile carried out a salvo launch.

About Tsirkon

The naval model of the missile has a variety of 1,000 km. This missile can fly at a most altitude of 28 km, and in line with the specs offered by Russia, the utmost velocity reaches Mach 9 [6,900 mph; 11,000 km/h; 3.1 km/s].

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Its warhead weighs between 300-400 kg. Besides that it may be armed with a standard warhead, ie. excessive explosive [HE], Tsirkon can carry a 200 kt tnw nuclear warhead. The naval model is in service not solely in warships however can be a part of the armament of some new Russian submarines.

Years in the past, Mr. Putin introduced to the world six “tremendous weapons” of Russia. Zircon is among the six introduced tremendous weapons. Russian consultants say the missile can sink a US plane service and might evade probably the most refined US air protection programs. As a result of its monumental velocity, the air strain in entrance of the missile is claimed to create a plasma cloud that picks up radio waves, making it practically invisible to radar programs.


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