Russia’s plans to design and build next-generation weapons and missiles outlined by President Vladimir Putin in a bellicose intervention delivered more than two years before both houses of Parliament advance at full speed. The Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Army, General Valeri Guerásimov, informed the Kremlin leader on Tuesday of the launch of the thought ‘Zircon’, capable of flying at a speed greater than that of sound, coinciding with the celebration of his 68th birthday.
“Yesterday at 7.15 am from the frigate ‘Admiral Gorshikov’ parked in the White Sea ….. a hypersonic cruise missile ‘Tsirkon’ was fired for the first time against a maritime target located in the Barents Sea,” he reported Gerasimov to the leader of the Kremlin durantin a video conference, in collected statements by the TASS agency. According to the senior Russian officer, the projectile traveled a distance of 450 kilometers in four and a half minutes, at a speed of Mach-8. “The shot was successful and the missile hit the target,” concluded Gerasimov.
Submarines and surface ships
Russian military authorities plan to deploy the ‘Tsirkon’ projectile, known in NATO slang as SS-N-.33, on both submarines and surface ships. Putin himself has ensured that the rocket can reach the speed of Mach-9 and tour in five minutes a distance of a thousand kilometers. The first test of this weapon took place in January of this year, and a version that can be fired from the ground is under development. According to military observers cited by TASS, thanks to the development of the rocket, for the first time in the history of the arms race, both in the last century and in the present, “Russia is placed ahead in the sphere of strategic balance“.