Russia plans to start building its newest and most advanced nuclear powered submarine armed with hypersonic missiles by 2023, TASS reports.
"The Husky has been included in the state armament program for 2018-2027. There are plans to start the experimental design work on the construction of submarines of this class from 2023 and deliver the lead vessel by the end of 2027," the source in the Russian defense sector was quoted as saying.
According to a source, the Husky-class fifth-generation lead submarine will have Zircon hypersonic missiles as its main armament.
"Zircon hypersonic anti-ship missiles will become the main armament of the newest multipurpose submarine," the source added.
The results of the R&D work that has been carried out by now to design this submarine "have been recognized as unsatisfactory" as "they fail to meet the customer’s requirements," the source added.
According to the report, the Husky will feature a two-hull design traditional for the Russian Navy and displace 12,000 tonnes. The submarine will be furnished with the most advanced combat information and control system, a sonar and a system of integration into the unified information space of the Russian Armed Forces.
The universal missile system with the Zircon hypersonic missile (it develops a speed of Mach 5-6) has been developed by the Research and Production Association of Machine-Building and is undergoing trials now. The Zircon hypersonic missiles are expected to be mounted on airborne and seaborne carriers.
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