Russia is preparing to start testing its new hypersonic missile Ostrota for bombers in 2022, Izvestia reports. According to the source, aircraft armed with the new small-sized hypersonic missile will become part of the Russian non-nuclear deterrent force.
The new missile will be used by long-range bombers Tu-22M3 and operational-tactical Su-34, sources in the defense department told Izvestia. The start of flight tests of the ammunition, which does not yet have an official designation, is scheduled for 2022.
The development of the missile is carried out as part of the development work under the code "Ostrota" in the State Machine Building Design Bureau "Raduga".
A ramjet engine, developed by PJSC Turaevo Machine-building Design Bureau “SOYUZ”, known as "article 71" has been developed specifically for the new super-high-speed rocket.
In February of this year, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that it is the hypersonic systems of various bases that will be the basis of the Russian non-nuclear deterrent forces. The minister held a meeting on additional purchases of such weapons, as well as long-range precision missiles
Izvestia had reported earlier that the Gremlin long-range hypersonic missile was also being developed for Tu-22M3 bombers, the tests of which should be completed in 2023. Ostrota will have a shorter range compared to it.