China Leaps Ahead of the US with Hypervelocity Missile

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  1. YarS

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zircon_(missile)

    Zircon (missile)
    This article is about the Russian hypersonic missile. For other uses, see Zircon (disambiguation).
    Zircon or 3M22 Tsirkon (Russian: Циркон,NATO reporting name: SS-N-33)[1] is a maneuvering hypersonic missile being developed in Russia.[2][3] Its latest successful launch was on June 3, 2017, almost a year earlier than had been announced by Russian officials.[4]

    3M22 Tsirkon Zircon
    Type
    Hypersonic missile
    Place of origin Russia
    Service history
    In service
    In production
    Used by Russia
    Production history
    Designer
    NPO Mashinostroyeniya
    Produced 2012–present
    Specifications
    Engine
    Scramjet
    Fuel capacity 600 miles (970 km)
    Operational
    range

    1,000 km (540 nmi; 620 mi)
    Speed Mach 8 (6,090 mph; 9,800 km/h; 2,722.3 m/s)
    Launch
    platform

    Aircraft, submarines, ships, and ground based SAMsystems



    Design

    The Zircon is believed to be a maneuvering, winged hypersonic cruise missile with a lift-generating center body. A booster stage with solid-fuel engines accelerates it to supersonic speeds, after which a scramjet motor in the second stage accelerates it to hypersonic speeds.[3][5] The missile represents a further development of the HELA (Hypersonic Experimental Flying Vehicle) developed byNPO Mashinostroyeniya[6] that was on display at the MAKS Air Show in 1995.

    The Zircon's range is estimated to be 135 to 270 nautical miles (155 to 311 mi; 250 to 500 km) at low level, and up to 400 nmi (460 mi; 740 km) in a semi-ballistic trajectory;[7] average range is around 400–450 km (250–280 mi; 220–240 nmi).[8]According to state-owned media, the longest range is 540 nmi (620 mi; 1,000 km) and for this purpose a new fuel was created.[9][10][11]

    The Zircon can travel at speed of Mach 5–Mach 6 (3,806–4,567 mph; 6,125–7,350 km/h; 1,701.5–2,041.7 m/s). Such high speed have led to concerns that it could penetrate existing naval defense systems; the Royal Navy's Sea Ceptor surface-to-air missile is only capable of intercepting targets flying up to Mach 3.[12][13][14]

    The missile will be incorporated into the Kirov-class battlecruiser Admiral Nakhimov in 2018, and the Pyotr Velikiy in 2022. The ships will have their P-700 Granit anti-ship missilesreplaced with 3S-14 vertical launch systemscapable of holding P-800 Oniks and Kalibrmissiles as well as the Zircon; each battlecruiser will be equipped with 72 such missiles.[15] After the upgrade, the battlecruisers can carry 40–80 anti-ship missiles of different types.[16] Admiral Grigorovich-class frigates will have possibility to carry 8 while the Admiral Gorshkov-class frigates 16 Zircon missiles.[17][18] The missile will be also used by undersea and aerial platforms, including the Lider-class destroyer,Husky-class submarine, Yasen-class submarine[17] and Tu-160M2 Blackjack andTupolev PAK DA strategic bombers.

    In flight, the missile is completely covered by the plasma cloud, the cloud absorbs any rays of the radio frequencies and making the missile invisible to radars.[15][18] Missiles exchange information in flight and can be controlled by commands if necessary.[19]


    Development

    Prototypes were test-launched first from a Tu-22M3 bomber in 2012-2013. Launches from a ground platform followed in 2015, with first success achieved in 2016. Completion of state trials on the whole family is projected for 2020.

    In April 2017, it was reported that the Zircon had reached a speed of Mach 8 (6,090 mph; 9,800 km/h; 2,722.3 m/s) during a test.[20]


    Export

    A version for export will have range limited to under 300 km in compliance with the MTCR[7]or up to 400 km.[9]


    Service

    According to Viktor Bondarev, the Zircon missile is already a part of the arsenal of theRussian Armed Forces.[21][22]
     
  2. Vmedvil

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    This may seem like a silly response but, why could you not just hit these hyper-sonic missiles with a EMP to neutralize their nuclear detonation triggering device with a Counter EMP hyper-sonic missile? This will be a very simple version as a example, but should work scaled up, EMP devices even work in space from what I understand. All you would need is to get it within range to fry the electronic triggering unit with the EMP unless there is a backup of some sort, that is chemical or something that cause them to detonate as a trigger.

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    The size of Electronic Neutralization of a EMP counter Hyper-sonic missile device could be very large or scaled to whatever the need is. Even if you cannot directly hit it to counter it depending on the magnitude of the charge running through the device upon EMP, you would not need to, you could scale it to any size as long as you can store the electric energy needed within the counter missile or whatever to deploy the EMP in the counter device.

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    A counter strategy for these super fast Nuclear missiles even at MACH 5 (1701.450 m/s) or MACH 7 (2382.030 m/s), they would still be hit by the counter device, if you used it within a maximum of 5.877339915954039 to 4.198099939967171 second window of it moving over that volume @ for let's say a diameter 10,000 meter EMP or 10 km, which it would hit at any time firing before 4.19 to 5.87 seconds after detection of the Hyper-Sonic Weapon. Let's say you wanted to neutralize that Chinese one that goes at 5000 m/s or MACH 14.57726

    Let us change the situation for a moment let us say we wanted to neutralize that Chinese Hypersonic Weapon, then either you would need to scale up the EMP diameter with a higher charge flow in the EMP generator, or have a smaller response time the response time you would have at the same diameter of 10,000 meters or 10 km would be 2 seconds if it is going 5000 m/s. which if the diameter was 20,000 meters would be 4 seconds, If 30,000 meters 6 seconds and so on, which as most people know are EMP's are harmless to everything but electronics with circuits and some volatile chemicals which may be a good thing if you want to destroy a Hyper-sonic weapon with conventional weapons in it by premature ignition of the explosives within it via a EMP counter device which may require a stronger EMP strength and more charge running into the EMP generator upon EMP burst to cause a Electromagnetic field strong enough to ignite it prematurely like a spark hitting a puddle of gasoline.

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    In any case, a Electric Current or emf or Ɛ which is the same as saying Voltage is generated in the circuit or explosives causing damage to the circuit or igniting the explosives.
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    In any case, my thoughts on this matter of Hypersonic Nuclear weapons and China or someone having stole the technology, Obsolete it as soon as they steal the technology, but maybe this is my utter ignorance of the true depth of the situation. In any case, that is my opinion.
     
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  3. YarS

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    @Vmedvil , actually, big EMP-device is improved nuclear warhead. If you already going to use nuclear warheads in ABD - it is a better to use X-Ray lasers in it - just because it is much more effective. But right now, as I know, USA have no technologies for good X-ray lasers.
    Actually warheads of strategic missiles are well-protected against EMP, and, EMP pretended to protect fleet (really big nuclear bomb) can damage it.
     
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    @YarS I thought about posting that version, but I didn't know exactly how Military people would react, but yes the powerful EMPs use Chemical Explosives (conventional) or Nuclear Warheads to generate the Electric Energy for the EMP.

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    which obviously the High Explosives can be replaced by a more powerful nuclear device that generates this energy, which could fry a entire continent's electronics.
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    Sorry, to Hijack your Hypersonic Missile Discussion, slightly.
     
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