Can one missile really destroy an aircraft carrier? According to speculation about the Russian Zircon hyper-sonic missile that may be true.

Reports are that Russia is expected to soon begin producing their 3M22 Zircon, a hyper-sonic missile that can travel at a rate of over five times the speed of sound. With a range of 250 miles, the missile could theoretically reach a target at maximum range in only about three minutes after being fired.

State tests of Zircon are scheduled for completion in 2017 … and the missile’s serial production is planned to be launched next year,” the Russian news agency TASS reported last year, quoting sources. And last month, Russia’s Interfax news agency cited a source familiar with the Zircon project who said the 5-ton missile is likely to be tested for the first time this spring — earlier than the projected date of 2018 — “from a sea-based platform.”

“It uses no fans, rotating turbines or moving parts – just an inlet where air is compressed and a combustor where the air is mixed with fuel. Fewer moving parts also means less chance of mechanical failure.

“The Zircon … would be capable of destroying the world’s most advanced warships and aircraft carriers in one strike and could be put into action by 2020.” – Fox News

The Zircon could be fitted with a nuclear warhead and the US Navy is concerned the missile could be deployed on Russian warships or submarines.

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How spooky is this development? One missile taking out an entire aircraft carrier could dramatically change the balance of power in a quick way. Hopefully, the Navy is working on technology to defeat such a missile.

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This article is courtesy of Fighter Sweep.