The USA explained why the Zircon cannot be shot down


Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to convince the whole world that the time is coming for Russian superweapons. And this is troubling because traditional US early warning systems are unable to detect the approach of new hypersonic missiles. The US edition Military.com writes about the danger the Russian Zircon can pose.


The new Russian 3M22 Zircon hypersonic missile flies at speeds up to Mach 8 and on a low ballistic trajectory, so it is capable of penetrating traditional missile defense systems.

The rocket runs on improved fuel, which, according to Russian experts, provides a flight range of up to 1000 kilometers. The munition moves so fast that high air pressure forms a plasma cloud in front of it, absorbing radio waves and making the Zircon virtually invisible on radar screens.

The most advanced American missile defense system, Aegis, usually takes 8-10 seconds to react to a missile threat and fire anti-missiles at a target. However, during this time "Zircon" will cover a distance of 20 kilometers, and the interceptor missiles may simply not have enough time to gain the speed necessary to intercept. The only way to shoot down the Zircon is to eliminate the missile immediately after its launch. According to Popular Mechanics, even if the US ship found the Zircon 100 miles away, it would only have one minute to stop the threat.
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  1. Just a cat Offline Just a cat
    Just a cat (Bayun) 23 December 2020 14: 52
    +1
    There is nothing worse than a Ukrainian warrant officer for the Russian army.
    1. Alexndr p Offline Alexndr p
      Alexndr p (Alexander) 23 December 2020 15: 29
      +3
      Ukraine had to ram Afghanistan. they would have handled and destroyed the graveyard of Empires.
      Almost omerica was smashed in tranches to the son of the new president - there are still movements around this case. The USSR was broken (only Kravchuk was categorically against the preservation of the USSR - the rest of the waffles decided not to resist). Now Europe is in trouble.

      It is necessary to unite Ukraine with those miraculous states for whom it is time to complete projects on this planet - these will drag everyone down to the bottom.

      1. Just a cat Offline Just a cat
        Just a cat (Bayun) 23 December 2020 16: 03
        -1
        For them to massacre Afghan old people, children and women? Not our method.
  2. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 23 December 2020 17: 04
    +4
    Finally, they took the path of breakthrough weapons and the results are even visible in propaganda. (previously only in pursuit and "so that it was like unih") .. It is impossible to stop in the arms race, work ahead of the curve and give out qualitatively higher level and constantly, then the enemies will catch up ...
  3. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 23 December 2020 18: 04
    -1
    Sounds like a pro, although Popular Mechanics is still a pop magazine. Always "finds" everything wrong.
  4. Cyril Offline Cyril
    Cyril (Kirill) 23 December 2020 18: 17
    +1
    How long will the image of the American rocket be passed off as the image of the Zircon?
  5. Natan bruk Offline Natan bruk
    Natan bruk (Natan Bruk) 23 December 2020 18: 47
    -3
    And what is the strategic point in this super-duper Zircon? Russia has never had an unacceptable response to aggression before it? It always has. Maybe the possibility of an unpunished first strike? "Zircon" does not fundamentally change anything.
    1. Stanislav Bykov Offline Stanislav Bykov
      Stanislav Bykov (Stanislav) 23 December 2020 20: 04
      +2
      This is primarily the anti-ship missile, and it completely changes the alignment at sea against enemy ships, including against the AUG, which mattresses are so proud of
    2. sgrabik Offline sgrabik
      sgrabik (Sergei) 23 December 2020 22: 12
      +1
      The point is that now no US AUG will be able to feel calm and safe, while threatening and creating military pressure on the Russian Navy, otherwise any rash step on the part of NATO ships will lead to their unhindered and guaranteed destruction, it is foolish to argue with that fact that the anti-ship missile system "Zircon", in view of its performance characteristics, really cannot be intercepted by means of naval air defense of NATO ships.
  6. sgrabik Offline sgrabik
    sgrabik (Sergei) 24 December 2020 00: 53
    +2
    For a full guarantee, it is necessary to systematically bring the maximum hypersonic speed of the Zircon anti-ship missile system to at least Mach 10.
  7. Michael1950 Offline Michael1950
    Michael1950 (Michael) 25 December 2020 00: 33
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    Quote: sgrabik
    The point is that now no US AUG will be able to feel calm and safe, while threatening and creating military pressure on the Russian Navy, otherwise any rash step on the part of NATO ships will lead to their unhindered and guaranteed destruction, it is foolish to argue with that fact that the anti-ship missile system "Zircon", in view of its performance characteristics, really cannot be intercepted by means of naval air defense of NATO ships.

    - And who told you that you "can't"? You should at least know the SM-3ER sighting devices - the plasma cocoon is just a bait for her ...
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/12/Aegissm-3evolution.png
  8. Uneven Offline Uneven
    Uneven (VADIM STOLBOV) 25 December 2020 14: 18
    -1
    Against AUG - an empty number. Will not get it! The target designation issue in the RF Armed Forces is in an extremely neglected state. And the AUG aviation will not allow the potential carrier to the distance necessary for launch.
    1. Uneven Offline Uneven
      Uneven (VADIM STOLBOV) 25 December 2020 14: 41
      -1
      Addition. For the same X-32, the range of capture of the GOS radar is 200-300 km (when launched from a longer range, external target designation is required about the approximate area of ​​the target before the target is captured by the GOS). The energy of the GOS "Zircon" is 50–80 kilometers, depending on the effective dispersion area (EPR) of the target
  9. shinobi Offline shinobi
    shinobi (Yuri) 17 January 2021 01: 42
    +1
    The joke is that the majority of anti-ship missiles are practically indestructible. Those that go at speeds of Mach 2-3. And then max 8. As soon as our Bastions or BALS appear on the shore, or something similar to them, the vaunted AUG Yankees dump away.