Anti-ship missile “Zircon” up to eight times the speed of sound

During the tests of the new Russian anti-ship missile “Zircon” reached a speed eight times the speed of sound. About this TASS said a source in the military-industrial complex.

“During testing, the missile has been confirmed that its speed reaches Mach 8 March,” — said the Agency interlocutor.

The source did not specify when and with what platform was launched.

According to him, the missiles “Zircon” can be launched from the same launchers that are used for missiles “Caliber” and “Onyx”.

Missile test “Zircon” sea-based began in March 2016. “Hypersonic missiles “Zircon” in the metal, and began their tests from the ground launch complex”, — said a senior representative of the defense complex. According to him, the missile speed should be about 5-6 times the speed of sound.

The same source said that the missiles “Zircon” will be armed with the latest Russian multipurpose nuclear submarines (NPS), the fifth generation of class “Husky”, and the only being in the ranks of the Russian heavy nuclear missile cruiser “Peter the Great”.

In September 2016, the head of the Corporation “Tactical missiles” (tactical missiles Corporation) Boris Obnosov said that hypersonic weapons may appear in Russia “at the beginning of the next decade.” According to him, “to make a hypersonic weapon would be simply impossible”, but “technology reached the required level.” The key point, according to Obnosov was that nobody knew how it will affect the rockets speed in Mach 8-10. “Under such conditions, the surface of the rocket formed plasma temperatures outrageous,” said he.

“Now these questions are being worked out,” — said Obnosov. On the question of how tests of the first samples, he stated that he could not disclose details. However, Obnosov added: “But some of the work we already have”.