Russian’s Hypersonic Missile Tsirkon Hit For The First Time A Ground Target

The Project 22350 frigate Admiral Gorshkov has successfully test-fired a Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile from the White Sea against a ground target located on the coast of the Barents Sea.

 Watch the video of the Missle Hitting Ground Target

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According to objective control data, the Tsirkon missile made a direct and a successfully hit on the target at a range of over 350 km. The flight speed was about 7 Mach.

The tests confirmed the tactical and technical characteristics of the Tsirkon missile. It is planned to equip the Tsirkon system with submarines and surface ships of the Russian Navy.
About Tsirkon Hypersonic Anti-ship Missile
hypersonic 3M22 Zircon Tsirkon SS-N-33
Artist rendering of hypersonic missile 3M22 Zircon (Tsirkon) SS-N-33
The first-in-class frigate test fired the Tsirkon (sometimes spelled Zirkon) hypersonic missile four times last year: In December, in early October and in November 2020. The first Tsirkon test launch from a warship was scheduled in late 2019, but took place in January 2020.
Open sources said the hypersonic 3M-22 missile was designed by NPO-machinostroeniya in Reutov in Moscow region. It is a part of 3K-22 (Tsirkon code) complex which NATO reports as SS-N-33.The missile can develop a speed of Mach 9 and fly at an altitude of 30-40 km where the range and speed increase as air resistance is smaller. Experts estimate the payload at 300-400 kg and the missile length at 8-10 meters. Tsirkon is to be fired from universal vertical launchers 3S-14 on warships and submarines and from Bastion mobile coastal missile launchers.