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Frigate “Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov”
Frigate “Admiral Gorshkov” The Russian Navy will be the first to receive the Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile system, President Vladimir Putin said during the Navy Day celebrations in St. Petersburg. The broadcast was conducted by RBC.
“Their delivery to the Russian Armed Forces will begin in the coming months. The frigate “Admiral Gorshkov” will be the first with this formidable weapon on board. The service area of the ship equipped with the Zircon hypersonic cruise missiles will be chosen based on the interests of ensuring the security of Russia,— said the president.
During a congratulatory speech dedicated to the Navy Day, Putin noted that for hypersonic cruise missiles “Zirkon” «there are no barriers».
«Zircon»— Russian-made anti-ship hypersonic missile. It was developed in the NPO of Mechanical Engineering near Moscow. The rocket can reach speeds of more than 9500 km/h. Testing began in July 2021.
At the end of last year, the Northern Fleet reported that 12 successful launches of Zircons had taken place. They were conducted by the crews of the frigate “Admiral Gorshkov” and the nuclear submarine Severodvinsk. The first salvo rocket launch took place in December 2021, it was successful, Putin said. He also promised that the “Zircons” will enter service in 2022.
Putin said that Russia was forced to develop hypersonic weapons in response to NATO actions, the infrastructure of which approached Russian borders.
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The Pentagon said it viewed Russia's development of hypersonic weapons as a threat and potentially destabilizing factor “because these systems are nuclear compatible.” At the same time, the US defense department claimed that the US is developing hypersonic strike systems exclusively in non-nuclear equipment.
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