Submarine Trials of Tsirkon’s Missiles


According to the Commander of the Northern Fleet Aleksandr Moiseyev, the trials of the Tsirkon hypersonic missile from the submarine have been completed.

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"On October 4, as part of the test program of the Tsirkon hypersonic missile, the rocket firing tests from the nuclear-powered submarine projects 885/885M, namely from the Severodvinsk nuclear-powered submarine have been completed,"  Commander of the Northern Fleet Aleksandr Moiseyev reported to Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu.

Moiseev added that the "The Tsirkon missile’s launch was conducted from an underwater position. All systems, the missile weapon control complex of the submarine and the missile itself operated in normal mode without demur."

The Commander of the Northern Fleet said that the objectives of the trials have been realised. "The underwater launch has been carried out and confirmed. At that stage, the missile’s trials from the submarine have been completed." 

Given the conducted trials and the test-firing earlier of the hypersonic cruise missile, Moiseev confirmed that Tsirkon lived up to its characteristics.

This is the  second test launch of a hypersonic cruise missile Tsirkon, for the first time beneath the sea surface from a depth of 40 meters in the White Sea at a target in the Barents Sea. Before that, the missile was tested from a surface naval vessel - the lead ship of project 22350 The Admiral Gorshkov.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Tsirkon hypersonic missile, capable of developing a speed of Mach 9 and hit targets more than 1,000 kilometers away, would enter duty soon.

Tsirkon is a scramjet-powered maneuvering anti-ship hypersonic cruise missile currently in testing by Russia. It is developed by NPO Mashinostroyeniya. A version for export should have its range limited under 300 km in compliance with the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), or up to 400 km.

Source: Tass

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