Russia Will Test Zircon Missile From a Nuclear-Powered Submarine

Russia Will Test Zircon Missile From a Nuclear-Powered Submarine
Russia Will Test Zircon Missile From a Nuclear-Powered Submarine
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Russia will conduct a test launch of Zircon (Tsirkon) hypersonic missile from Yasen-class nuclear-powered cruise missile submarine Severodvinsk (K-560). According to Russian Tass News Agency, the navy will fire the missile next month.


The missile range is estimated to be 135 to 270 nautical miles (250 to 500 km) at a low level and up to 400 nautical miles (740 km) in a semi-ballistic trajectory.

The Zircon missile can fly at a speed of Mach 9 to penetrate existing naval defence systems. In the future, Russian navy submarines and surface ships will be equipped with hypersonic missile systems.

The Severodvinsk (K-560) is a Yasen class nuclear-powered cruise missile submarine.  The submarine was handed over to the Russian navy in late December 2013.

The Yasen-class nuclear submarines can be armed with land-attack cruise missiles, anti-ship missiles, anti-submarine missiles, including the P-800 Oniks SLCM, Kalibr family SLCM or 3M51 SLCM. Kalibr-PL has several variants, including the 3M54K (terminal-supersonic) and 3M54K1 (subsonic) anti-ship, 91R1 anti-submarine, and the 3M14K land-attack variant.

Russia Will Test Zircon Missile From a Nuclear-Powered Submarine


Russia has recently test-launched a zircon hypersonic missile at a ground target from a surface vessel. The missile flew at Mach 7 across a distance of over 350 km.