Russian Hypersonic ‘Zircon’ Missile To Enter Serial Production In 2018

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Russian Hypersonic ‘Zircon’ Missile To Enter Serial Production In 2018
Pyotr Veliky (Perter the Great) nuclear-powered missile cruiser

Russia’s hypersonic missile Tsirkon (Zircon) is expected to go into serial production in 2018, TASS reported quoting a source in the Russian military-industrial complex as saying.

"State tests of Zircon are scheduled for completion in 2017 in accordance with the contract, and the missile’s serial production is planned to be launched next year,” the source said Tuesday.

The Project 11442 Pyotr Veliky (Perter the Great) nuclear-powered missile cruiser will carry the type following its upgrade, a shipbuilding industry source told TASS. According to the source, the Pyotr Veliky cruiser will start its repairs in the third or fourth quarter of 2019. Its repairs and upgrade are planned to be complete in late 2022, with the ship to be equipped with Zircon hypersonic anti-ship missiles.

"The Admiral Nakhimov heavy missile cruiser’s deep modernization envisages the replacement of the warship’s missile strike system. As a result, the vessel will get the Zircon hypersonic missiles," the source added.

The tests of the 3K22 Zircon system are planned for completion by 2020. The system is expected to be unveiled in the air-launched and ship-based variants. Its characteristics are classified. According to open sources, the new missile’s range may reach 400 kilometers and it will travel five to six times faster than the speed of sound.

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