The Russian Navy may finally begin testing its Tsirkon hypersonic missile from a submarine test, a crucial developmental milestone on the new weapon's long road to serial production readiness.A defense industry insider reported earlier this month that Sercon might be tested for the primary time in June 2015 from Severodvinsk. The source said that "there is not any exact date for the beginning of the trials yet," suggesting that these plans are yet to be finalized.
TASS reported that the Navy has decided to fast-track the rest of Tsirkon's state trials. An insider described the frenzied test schedule for the new missile: "The frigate will test hypersonic weapons twice during the year and up to fourfold as a part of flight development tests and state joint tests. Simultaneously, flight development tests of the submarine to Tsirkon will begin within the summer.
Up to four launches are expected to be made, the primary of which can be performed by surface conditions. within the autumn, state trials will begin from Severodvinsk. "According to the TASS source, the Navy aims to simply accept the Tsirkon missile within the next year:" In terms of their success from both sorts of carriers, Tsirkon is predicted to be accepted for service within the half of 2022. "
The 3M22 Tsircon, also referred to as Zircon (North Atlantic Treaty Organization SS-N-33), may be a winged, anti-ship hypersonic aircraft , which entered development in 2010. Russian officials previously noted that the missile was affected by unspecified "initial problems" during previous research and development work, but the project is back on target with a rash of successful tests. The complete extent of Tsirkon's abilities remains unclear. consistent with reports supported prior test data, the missile is capable of reaching speeds from Mach 8 to Mach 9.
The operating range of the missile may vary counting on the launch platform and a few battlefield conditions, with current estimates hovering between one thousand and two thousand kilometers. The missile's sheer speed and perceived ability to accelerate mid-flight could pose a threat to NATO's assets; especially , Russian military experts argue that Tsirkon missiles launched from ships and submarines are often a strong counter to American carrier strike groups (CSGs).
Initial Tsircon tests were administered from the TU-22 M3 bomber and there have been some subtle indications that a land-based Tsircon variant works, but all current indications point to the missile being launched primarily from submarines and surface ships. We do. a minimum of several Project 22350 frigates, including Admiral Emelco and Admiral Chichagov, will reportedly be manned with Tsirkon missiles. Other contenders include the old Kirov-class Piotr Veliki and Admiral Nakhimov warcruiser, also as Russia's modernized Corvette lines.