Russian Navy to Receive Hypersonic Anti-Ship Missile

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    Pathfinder Lieutenant Colonel

    Dec 17, 2015
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    Russian Navy to Receive World’s First Hypersonic Anti-Ship Missile


    Two aging Russian Navy battlecruisers will be outfitted with the anti-ship version of the world's first hypersonic missile, the 3K-22, which carries Zircon (or Tsirkon) 3M22 hypersonic warheads. This hypersonic missile will also arm Russian ballistic missile submarines.

    With a claimed speed of Mach 5 or 6,200 km/h, the 3K-22 has a range of 450 kilometers. The weight of the 3M22 Zircon warhead remains unknown but will likely be heavier than the 200 kg warhead on India's BrahMos supersonic cruise missile.

    It's widely believed BrahMos II is the export version of the 3M22 Zircon. BrahMos II, which will have a speed of Mach 7 (8,600 km/h), will be the world's fastest cruise missile when it enters service with the Indian Armed Forces some eight years from now.

    Production of the 3M22 Zircon is expected to begin in 2017. Tests of this warhead began last March.

    Today, however, the 3M22 Zircon is scheduled to be added to the missile armament of the RFS Admiral Nakhimov (080), a Kirov-class heavy missile cruiser that entered service with the Soviet Navy in 1988. The Nakhimov has been undergoing extensive refitting since 2015.

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