Russia plans to test-fire a salvo of new hypersonic cruise missiles from a warship before the end of the year, Russian state media reports.
The Admiral Gorshkov, the lead ship of the newer Project 22350 frigates, is expected to fire off multiple Zircon (Tsirkon) hypersonic cruise missiles in rapid succession in a salvo test by the end of 2021, a source in the military-industrial complex told state-run RIA Novosti.
The test is reportedly intended to simulate a real-world large missile strike against sea- and ground-based targets, so the ship and its weapons will face various countermeasures during testing.
A Russian navy warship test-fired the Zircon hypersonic missile for the first time on October 7. The new weapon was launched from aboard the Admiral Gorshkov. Russia’s state-run TASS news agency reported that the missile flew at speeds of Mach 8 before successfully striking a target 280 miles away.