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Sunday, April 16, 2017
Russia’s hypersonic anti-ship Zircon missile reaches eight times speed of sound

Russia’s hypersonic anti-ship Zircon missile reaches eight times speed of
sound
The source noted that Zircon missiles can be launched from universal
launching platforms 3C14 which are also used for the Onyx and Caliber
missiles
April 15, 9:16 UTC+3
http://tass.com/defense/941559

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.

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