Navy Russian’s Hypersonic Missile Tsirkon Hit For The First Time A Ground Target

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The Project 22350 frigate Admiral Gorshkov has successfully test-fired a Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile from the White Sea against a ground target located on the coast of the Barents Sea.​

Martin Manaranche 19 Jul 2021

Russian Ministry of Defence press release

According to objective control data, the Tsirkon missile made a direct and a successfully hit on the target at a range of over 350 km. The flight speed was about 7 Mach.

The tests confirmed the tactical and technical characteristics of the Tsirkon missile.

It is planned to equip the Tsirkon system with submarines and surface ships of the Russian Navy.

 

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Russia To Test-Fire Tsirkon Hypersonic Missile To Maximum Range Soon


Russia’s Tsirkon (NATO reporting name: SS-N-33) hypersonic missile will be test-launched to its maximum range from the Admiral Gorshkov frigate (Admiral Gorshkov class) soon, a source in the defense industry told TASS at the MAKS 2021 airshow.


By TASS Russian News agency


The source said:

“During the ongoing flight development tests, the Tsirkon hypersonic missile will be test-launched to the maximum range against a seaborne target soon,”

According to the source, the recent test-launch of the Tsirkon missile from the frigate against a ground target was also performed during the missile’s flight development tests.


The missile demonstrated exceptional accuracy, hitting the bull’s eye, the source said.


The NPO Mashinostroeniya Company, which is the developer and manufacturer of the Tsirkon hypersonic missile, refrained from commenting on this information.


Russia’s Defense Ministry said on July 19 that the Admiral Gorshkov frigate had successfully test-launched a Tsirkon hypersonic missile against a ground target. The missile flew at a speed of Mach 7 and covered a distance of more than 350 km (217 mi).


According to the Defense Ministry’s press office, the Project 22350 lead frigate launched the missile from the White Sea. The ground target was located on the coast of the Barents Sea. The Tsirkon system is planned to be mounted on Russian Navy submarines and surface ships, the press office added.

 
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