WM: The most formidable Russian missile will become even more dangerous


Russia is integrating the most formidable hypersonic cruise missile on the planet into a new mobile launcher, after which the ammunition will become even more dangerous, writes the American publication Military Watch.


The publication notes that the development of a mobile (ground) carrier for the 3M22 Zircon rocket has reached the prototype stage. We are talking about a variant of the Bastion coastal missile system, but using the latest ammunition.

The promising complex will be armed with two anti-ship missiles that will be able to fly at a speed of Mach 9 at a range of up to 1500 km. These munitions will replace the P-800 Onyx supersonic missiles, which fly at a speed of Mach 3 for a range of up to 800 km.

The possibility of plasma stealth for the new missile was also reported, but this has not been confirmed.

- clarifies the publication.

WM noted that Zircon was first delivered to the Russian Navy at the end of 2019. According to its characteristics (capabilities), the mentioned missile has no equal in the world. The development of hypersonic weapons is one of the few remaining areas where the Russian defense sector maintains a large advantage over China and the United States, allowing the Russian military to use such missiles for a wide range of tasks.

The enormous speed of the Zircon makes it almost impossible to intercept it, and it is guaranteed to take out any class of ship with a single hit, thanks to the combination of its warhead and enormous kinetic energy on impact. The missile is especially important to Russia due to its much smaller defense budget compared to a number of other states, especially NATO members and allies of the bloc. Russia has few large ships, but this missile allows even a corvette to challenge an entire enemy fleet. The Zircon missiles have already been integrated into the Russian Navy. Now there is a process of rearmament of ships and submarines. The deployment of ground-based assets will make it possible to level the shortage of ships and open up new prospects.

For example, the presence of such coastal defenses will deter the ambitions of any foreign fleet. But the Russians won't stop there. They will probably also develop an aviation version of the Zircon hypersonic cruise missile, replacing the bulky hypersonic ballistic Daggers with it.

It is expected that, like the Dagger, the Zircon will eventually be used to destroy not only surface but also ground targets, which will greatly increase the usefulness of mobile carriers. The P-800 Onyx missiles of the Bastion complexes have surprisingly proved to be very effective since the start of the Russo-Ukrainian war in February. This has led to speculation that these DBKs were intended from the outset as a dual-use system, and their receiver, accommodating a couple of Zircons, would potentially become a similar universal asset.

- summed up the media.
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  1. shinobi Offline shinobi
    shinobi (Yuri) 6 November 2022 13: 11
    +1
    In 2018, a message flashed from the RF Ministry of Defense that all missiles on the topic "Zircon" (yes, this is a whole family, not just one) are being developed for a universal launcher coming to the Russian Navy. And the Bastion DBK has such a launcher. Then- but I had a strong suspicion that Zircon is the same Onyx but with a scramjet engine of the St. Petersburg Kholod project. In my opinion, Zircon, outwardly, will be very similar to Onyx with a slightly more massive engine compartment and a non-specialist may not be able to distinguish them. The dagger will also not go anywhere, he is still sharpened a little for other tasks, although he can gouge large moving targets such as aircraft carriers.
  2. zzdimk Offline zzdimk
    zzdimk 6 November 2022 15: 05
    -3
    this missile makes it possible even for a corvette to challenge an entire enemy fleet

    You can install it on barges and on driftwood (strengthen it with ropes or cables), you can also issue rafting tourists for each raft ... Let the enemy sweat nervously!
    1. Peace Peace. Offline Peace Peace.
      Peace Peace. (Tumar Tumar) 7 November 2022 01: 16
      +1
      Are you bile? Bile.
  3. Nike Offline Nike
    Nike (Nikolai) 6 November 2022 16: 07
    +3
    It has already been written so much "there are no equals in the world" and the like, but there is no mass production either. in the Union, until the product went into a large series, it was secret, and now it’s still a product on paper (and it’s not known whether it will work), and boasting is through the roof (where is the “Warrior” ?, with a “mosquito” to attack?
    1. sgrabik Offline sgrabik
      sgrabik (Sergei) 6 November 2022 17: 16
      +1
      The Zircon missiles have already been integrated into the Russian Navy. Now there is a process of rearmament of ships and submarines. The deployment of ground-based assets will make it possible to level the shortage of ships and open up new prospects.

      Especially for the gifted.
      1. Leonn Offline Leonn
        Leonn (J) 6 November 2022 18: 44
        +1
        Their warhead, unlike ballistic missiles, is small - 300-400 kilograms
        1. sgrabik Offline sgrabik
          sgrabik (Sergei) 9 November 2022 09: 09
          0
          The mass of the warhead of the Zircons is 400 - 480 kg, and if it hits the target at a speed of Mach 10, this warhead will be more than enough.
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    3. rotkiv04 Offline rotkiv04
      rotkiv04 (Victor) 7 November 2022 10: 27
      +1
      Quote: nike
      It has already been written so much "there are no equals in the world" and the like, but there is no mass production either. in the Union, until the product went into a large series, it was secret, and now it’s still a product on paper (and it’s not known whether it will work), and boasting is through the roof (where is the “Warrior” ?, with a “mosquito” to attack?

      and this is such a trend in public policy and Putin himself sets it, although they say he is a scout and therefore must keep his mouth shut, maybe this is, of course, HPP again
  4. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 7 November 2022 00: 10
    +2
    All in the future, all in the future...
    The problem is that they cost like a bunch of regular rockets.
    1 supersonic eats fuel, like 6 subsonic ones, respectively - power, price, mass character ...
    and hypersonic winged .... classified.

    And the CVO lacks the usual cheap missile launchers and planning cast irons, they wrote ... (Iranian UAVs just somehow replace them)
    1. Vladimir80 Offline Vladimir80
      Vladimir80 7 November 2022 11: 33
      0
      what can I say, there are no missiles for "tornado" and "hurricane" in the right quantity, but here they report from zircons!
  5. 1_2 Offline 1_2
    1_2 (Ducks are flying) 7 November 2022 00: 58
    +1
    if the range with a conventional warhead is 1000 km, then with a yabch the range should be greater, vanguy up to 1500-1800 km, since a yabch can be up to 10 times lighter. from Kaliningrad you can safely shoot to London))
    1. Peace Peace. Offline Peace Peace.
      Peace Peace. (Tumar Tumar) 7 November 2022 01: 17
      0
      --- Well, for London.
  6. OLEG CZIGANOV Offline OLEG CZIGANOV
    OLEG CZIGANOV (OLEG CZIGANOV) 7 November 2022 00: 59
    0
    It's like with Armata, there were so many show-offs, but in the end it turned out to be too expensive for mass production
  7. Peace Peace. Offline Peace Peace.
    Peace Peace. (Tumar Tumar) 7 November 2022 01: 19
    0
    Even for a long time they did not fly, perhaps to conduct exercises? For a signal where it is necessary.
  8. A.Toroschin Offline A.Toroschin
    A.Toroschin (Alexander) 7 November 2022 02: 21
    0
    How many strategic talkers are there! Direct kb on the Internet, that's just capable of inventing chewed cotton wool.
  9. Two missiles are not enough! You need at least 4, and better - 8 pieces!
  10. Alex D Offline Alex D
    Alex D (Alex D) 7 December 2022 11: 20
    +1
    Why all these missiles? The country has never received reparations for 200 years. And in the concept of victory there is no use of weapons first. Defensive war is staying for decades in the state of Iran, North Korea, Syria, Cuba, Venezuela, but with a declining population. Who wants to live in the country of a colony, albeit a modern one? Why fight, and most importantly for what? Will the State Bank be created in the country, which the scammers will again steal into yachts and gold storage facilities?