On 6 October, the Russian Ministry of Defence successfully tested the Tsircon hypersonic missile. The tests were carried out from the waters of the White Sea, from the "Admiral Gorshkov"frigate.
This was announced on October 7 by the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov during a meeting with President Vladimir Putin.
"Yesterday at 07:15 the frigate Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov, from the White Sea fired for the first time a Tsircon hypersonic cruise missile at a sea target located in the Barents Sea, within the framework of flight tests" Gerasimov reported to the President.
According to the Chief of the General Staff, “The launch tasks have been completed. The shooting was successful. A direct hit of the missile on the target was recorded."
Vladimir Putin called the successful tests of the Tsircon a great event not only for the Armed Forces, but also for Russia as a whole. This, according to the president, "certainly ensures the defence capability of [.. Russia] in the long term."
According to the data given by Gerasimov, during the tests, the missile's flight range was 450 km, the maximum altitude was 28 kilometres, the flight time was 4.5 minutes, and a hypersonic speed of more than Mach 8 was achieved.
"After the completion of state tests with the Tsircon complex, it is planned to equip submarines and surface ships with the missile," added Gerasimov.
Vladimir Putin congratulated everyone involved in the work on the Tsircon hypersonic missile: “We already know the enormous amount of work carried out by our scientists, designers, talented workers, and military specialists. This is a big stage in equipping the Armed Forces with the latest systems. I want to congratulate everyone who is involved in the work on Tsircon " - said the President.