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Russia’s Hypersonic Anti-Ship Zircon Missile Reaches Eight Times Speed of Sound

Sunday, April 16, 2017 18:44
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The source noted that Zircon missiles can be launched from universal 
launching platforms 3C14 which are also used for the Onyx and Caliber 
missiles  


MOSCOW, April 15. /TASS/. Russia’s new hypersonic anti-ship Zircon missile 
has reached eight times the speed of sound during the test, a source with 
Russia’s defense sector told TASS. 

“During the tests of the missile it was confirmed that its speed on the 
march reaches eight Mach (number that takes into account the dependence of 
the speed of sound on the altitude of flight – TASS),” the source said. 

He did not specify when and from which platform the missile was launched. 

The source noted that Zircon missiles can be launched from universal 
launching platforms 3C14 which are also used for the Onyx and Caliber 
missiles. 

TASS does not have an official confirmation of this information. 

Earlier other sources in Russian defense industry told TASS that Zircon 
missiles will be tested this year. It is expected that the new missiles will 
be installed at the heave nuclear-powered cruisers Peter the Great and 
Admiral Nakhimov. 

Zircon’s firing range, according to open data, is about 400 kilometers; the 
maximum speed of the missile is indicated in about 4-6 Mach. 

Hypersonic weapons are missiles and aircraft capable of reaching speeds of 
Mach 5 and more – or five times the speed of sound. They are extremely 
difficult to intercept due to their overwhelming speed and maneuvering 
capabilities. Hypersonic technologies in general, used in weapons systems 
and prospective aircraft, were seen by experts as a game changer in future 
warfare.

April 15, 9:16 UTC+3 
http://tass.com/defense/941559

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