Tests "Zircon" questioned


Two days ago, the RF Ministry of Defense reported on successful tests of the Zircon hypersonic anti-ship missile (ASM). This message caused a different reaction in Russia and overseas: some admired, others strained themselves, and still others doubted. What can really change this weapon after entering the troops?


The Zircon 3M22 anti-ship missile system is one of those notorious "Putin's missiles" with which the Russian president frightened his geopolitical partners at a memorable speech before the Federal Assembly. Then there was a lot of irony over the "cartoons", but a year later we can talk about the appearance "in the hardware" of the Avangard missile system and the Kinzhal hypersonic aviation complex. Zircon is the next one promised on that list.

The Russian Ministry of Defense has high hopes for this hypersonic anti-ship missile. The Russian navy today is objectively very inferior to the American one, especially to all the united navies of the NATO countries. The appearance in our armament of "Zircon" can make significant adjustments to the balance of power in the oceans. Its characteristics are mostly classified, but it is known that with a warhead weighing 300 kilograms, the missile will be able to cover a distance of up to 1 kilometers at speeds up to Mach 9. Its main purpose is to destroy sea and land targets.


The extremely high speed of movement is the main advantage of the Zircon. Today, there are simply no missile defense systems that could effectively intercept these anti-ship missiles. If only one missile hits an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, it will literally be torn in half due to the huge kinetic energy of the projectile. This nullifies the capabilities of the Aegis dome over all US Navy AUGs. Instead of being a formidable deterrent to Russia, American carrier strike groups will be forced to stay away from its shores and carriers of hypersonic weapons. In the future, Zircons will be installed not only on surface ships and submarines, but also on the Bastion coastal anti-ship complexes.

Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Federation Gerasimov reported to President Putin on the tests carried out in the White Sea:

Start-up tasks completed. The shooting was recognized as successful. A direct hit of the rocket on the target was recorded.

With all the positive news from this information, rumors began to spread on the Runet that in fact it was not the Zircons, but the Onyx anti-ship missile system that flew from the Admiral Gorshkov. Moreover, its modernized version "Onyx-M". Some supporters of this theory believe that the military could deliberately replace the videos in order to maintain secrecy around hypersonic weapons. Others suggest that Sergei Shoigu's department could have hurried to "fit a gift" for President Vladimir Putin's birthday.

Whether this is true or not, we do not know. Keeping the Zircons secret is a must given that the United States and other countries are actively involved in the hypersonic arms race. But still, the version that instead of the newest anti-ship missile, we were shown an anti-ship missile of the previous generation, raises deep doubts. The video posted on the Web is now being studied under a microscope by military experts around the world, and the fact of forgery would not hide from them.
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  1. rotkiv04 Offline rotkiv04
    rotkiv04 (Victor) 9 October 2020 15: 03
    +9
    the liberal women and their owners have the last argument - they changed it, the version with cartoons is no longer relevant
  2. Many_ways_point Offline Many_ways_point
    Many_ways_point 9 October 2020 16: 05
    -13 qualifying.
    Lies. GPPKR has both advantages and disadvantages. And the main one is the absence of a control center, and without it, all GPPKRs are no better than the P800 or Caliber.
    Only here the author for this nonsense for some reason forgot about a more pressing problem. The ship composition of the Navy, or rather its absence. Why would the Navy need missiles if soon there is nothing to launch them from?
    1. Dmitry S. Offline Dmitry S.
      Dmitry S. (Dmitry Sanin) 9 October 2020 16: 25
      +6
      It's a good question, but I have a counter one: does yours also make a lot of moves? And for what reason? Nick is valid.
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          2. Pishenkov Offline Pishenkov
            Pishenkov (Alexey) 9 October 2020 17: 52
            +4
            Someone is drawn to talk, and someone will proudly call themselves so proudly laughing Or did you think that this genius of yours (t) al configuration of a chase with a point will immediately cause everyone to associate with the Russian president, and not with your fifth point? laughing
            You, morally corrupted, are clearly overestimating! lol
    2. mark2 Offline mark2
      mark2 (Alexander) 14 October 2020 08: 46
      +1
      And here is the chief designer of Zircon, as I understand it? And for one and the commander-in-chief of the Navy
      1. Many_ways_point Offline Many_ways_point
        Many_ways_point 14 October 2020 19: 58
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        And here is the chief designer of Zircon, as I understand it?

        Well, tell me why Zircon is better than P800 or Caliber in the absence of control center.

        And for one and the commander-in-chief of the Navy

        For 22 years of Putinism in the Russian Federation, not a single rank 1 ship was built.
        1. mark2 Offline mark2
          mark2 (Alexander) 15 October 2020 18: 54
          +1
          Well, tell me why Zircon is better than P800 or Caliber in the absence of control center.

          Well, if you don't see the difference, how can I convince you yet?

          Well, tell me why Zircon is better than P800 or Caliber in the absence of control center.

          And who promised you that? And explain why? So you don't have enough for life, that's why you are so evil.
          And back in the 60s they promised to lay gardens on Mars. And Musk promised to fly to Mars. In the meantime, he barely delivered 2 khanygs into orbit. Having looked at all this, NASA decided to send the American woman to the Soyuz. They are more reliable.
          And ask yourself the question, what have you achieved under Putinism? And who was stopping you if you didn't achieve anything. Just don't tell me that Vl. Vladimirovich.
          1. Many_ways_point Offline Many_ways_point
            Many_ways_point 16 October 2020 09: 37
            0
            Some notes of a madman. The lack of an answer to clear questions speaks in itself.
  3. amateur Offline amateur
    amateur (Victor) 10 October 2020 17: 09
    +1
    Once upon a time, our neighbors brought a neighbor's mother from the village. When she saw the washing machine, she said: "I see it, but I don't believe it." So these ...
  4. zz811 Offline zz811
    zz811 (Vlad Pervovich) 11 October 2020 01: 16
    0
    why Onyx and not ... Neptune? soldier
  5. Alexander Khazhakyan (Alexander Khazhakyan) 11 October 2020 11: 25
    +1
    Never mind, we'll pick up a suitable old ship, the size as close as possible to the aircraft carrier, and bomb it. This year there will be 2 more tests of this rocket! To die, so die !!!!
    1. lahudra Offline lahudra
      lahudra (Nikolay Kondrashkin) 12 October 2020 05: 38
      0
      The idea with a large ship is sensible, I propose to send Admiral Kuznetsov on his last journey.
  6. Valery Kuznetsov (Valery Kuznetsov) 12 October 2020 11: 30
    +2
    This is no longer our problem. Now let them scratch their turnips and guess on the coffee grounds. Still, diplomats learned how to work. Then the West would not have time for sanctions. They also wondered and scratched their turnips what else to expect and what else would come from these incomprehensible Russians. Sincerely.
  7. Dust Offline Dust
    Dust (Sergei) 14 October 2020 18: 03
    0
    I confirm that Russia does not have such a rocket! Some blanks fly from catapults produced in ancient Rome ... So sleep well Western partners!)