Serial deliveries of Russia’s Zircon (Tsirkon) hypersonic missiles will start next year.
“The positive results allow us to proceed to the next stage of development - launching from underwater carriers, to complete state tests in 2021 and to start serial deliveries starting in 2022,” Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko said Friday.
During a test launch in October, the anti-ship cruise missile hit a sea target 450km away. The rocket speed was more than Mach 8.
Russian President Vladimir Putin had stated in 2019 that the Tsirkon will reach speeds of Mach 9 and that its striking range capability would exceed 1,000 km.
Moscow plans to deploy Zircon on warships built for launching Kalibr cruise missiles. Work is underway to develop even land-based variant of the Zircon.