The Russian Defense Ministry has tested Zircon hypersonic missiles in the Atlantic Ocean to reach the US coast.
According to Interfax with reference to the press service of the military department, the conditional, electronic launch of Zircon was carried out by the frigate Admiral Gorshkov, which entered combat service on January 4 with the personal “blessing” of President Vladimir Putin.
Heading to the shores of South Africa for joint exercises with China, Admiral Gorshkov suddenly changed course and headed for the western part of the Atlantic. By according to itmilradar, the day before the ship was at a distance of 2.2 thousand kilometers from the American coast. This is only 200 km short of Zircon’s maximum range, which is estimated at 2,000 km.
The Defense Ministry said the electronic launch of the missile took place at a range of “more than 900 km” and all its characteristics were “confirmed”. The department said the naval target “simulated” a simulated enemy ship.
The Barents Observer previously wrote that in addition to conventional weapons, Zircons can also be equipped with nuclear weapons. These missiles were involved in the Thunder-2022 nuclear triad exercise, which took place in February last year.
“Admiral Gorshkov” can attack from “Zircon” any objects both at sea and on land, Interfax cited a statement from the Ministry of Defense. At the same time, the speed of the missiles, which, according to Russian data, exceeds the speed of sound by 8 times, is “guaranteed to overcome any modern and promising air defense systems,” says the military.
The Russian fleet’s operations in the Atlantic are closely monitored by NATO. The Portuguese frigate NRP Bartolomeu Dias (F333) follows Admiral Gorshkov, writes Itamilradar.
Cama, a refueling tanker accompanying the Russian ship, is also under the control of the Portuguese patrol boat NRP Sines (P362). Unlike Admiral Gorshkov, Kama did not change course towards the United States and continued to sail towards the southern tip of the African continent.