During the parade on the Day of the Navy in St. Petersburg, Vladimir Putin said that the delivery of Zirkon hypersonic missile systems to the Russian Armed Forces would begin in the coming months. The frigate “Admiral Gorshkov” will be the first ship to use the “Zircon”.
Zircon is the world’s first hypersonic cruise missile capable of sustained flight with maneuvering in the atmosphere using its own engine thrust. Its maximum speed reaches nine speeds of sound, the maximum firing range is one thousand kilometers. “Zircon” is capable of hitting ground and surface targets.
In early June, the Admiral Gorshkov frigate successfully completed a test cycle of the Zirkon missile, during which it hit a sea target located in the White Sea at a distance of about a thousand kilometers.