Tsirkon Hypersonic Missile Test-Fired from White Sea

Admiral Gorshkov frigate launched a Tsirkon hypersonic missile in the White Sea said the official TV channel for the Russian Ministry of Defence on Friday. The ship fired from the White Sea at a distance of 350 kilometres at a speed that exceeded 8 Mach.

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The Project 22350 frigate Admiral Gorshkovired test-fired a Tsirkon (AKA: Zircon) hypersonic cruise missile from the White Sea at a coastal target located at the Chizha training ground in the Arkhangelsk region.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, test-firing the missile was carried out as part of testing new types of weapons.

According to objective monitoring data, the Zircon hypersonic missile successfully hit a coastal target located at a distance of over 350 kilometres. The missile flew at a speed of over Mach 8.

The closure of the shooting area was ensured by the forces of the White Sea Naval Base of the Northern Fleet.

The Tsirkon hypersonic missile was also test-fired by the Admiral Gorshkov frigate in early October and November this year . All tests were successful.

The project 22350, Admiral Gorshkov frigate, with guided missile weapons was included in the combat force of the Russian Navy in the summer of 2018. The ship's crew is over 170 people. The frigate can reach speeds of up to 29 knots. It is armed with Onyx and Caliber missiles, as well as Polyment-Redut anti-aircraft missile systems.

Frigates of project 22350 are ships of the far sea zone - carriers of high-precision weapons. They are capable of operating effectively both individually and as part of diverse groupings of the Russian Navy.

They have a total displacement of 5,400 tons, length - 135 m, width - 16 m, can reach speeds of about 30 knots. The cruising range of the frigates of the project 22350 is 4,500 miles, the autonomy is 30 days, the crew is about 200 people.

Tsirkon is a Russian hypersonic anti-ship cruise missile developed by JSC VPK NPO Mashinostroyenia, which is part of the 3K22 Tsirkon complex. The fundamental difference between these missiles is the significantly higher (up to M = 8) flight speed, both in comparison with other Russian anti-ship missiles and with anti-ship missiles in service with other countries.

Source: TV Zvezda

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