Russia announces tests of hypersonic Zircon anti-ship missile in warning to US

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ABOVE IMAGE: The Russian Zircon, hypersonic missile.

Russia announces test of hypersonic Zircon anti-ship missile as warning to US following US navy deployments against Syria and North Korea.

It is probably no coincidence that as international tensions have ratcheted up following on the US missile strike on Syria and the US military deployments around North Korea, that Russia has announced that its new hypersonic Zircon anti-ship missile has achieved speeds of Mach 8 in tests.

This claim appears in an article carried by the official Russian news agency TASS.

Unlike other Russian news agencies and media outlets, TASS is and always has been the official news agency of the Russian government.  Though its name refers to the USSR (Telegrafnoye agentstvo Sovetskogo Soyuza – “Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union”) it was actually set up by the tsarist government in 1902, when it was called the Commercial Telegraph Agency (TTA, Torgovo-Telegrafnoe Agentstvo).   Following the fall of the USSR in 1992 it called itself for a time “ITAR-TASS” (“Information Telegraph Agency of Russia – TASS”) before reverting to its old and better known name TASS in 2014.

The point is that since TASS is the official news agency of the Russian government, articles which it carries have the official stamp of approval, and are especially authoritative.

On the subject of the Zircon test, it has been known for some time that Russia has been developing this hypersonic anti-ship missile.

TASS does not say when the test took place, but it does pointedly say that Zircon’s range is 400 kilometres – more than the current reported distance between the US navy and their presumed targets in North Korea (said to be 300 kilometres) – and that Zircon can be launched from existing launch platforms used by existing anti-ship missiles like Kalibr and Onyx, some of which are shore based.

The claim about the results of the test are made in this comment from an anonymous but undoubtedly high ranking source within the Russian defence complex

During the tests of the missile it was confirmed that its speed on the march reaches eight Mach (number that takes into account the dependence of the speed of sound on the altitude of flight – TASS)

The TASS article says that Zircon’s usual speed is Mach 4 to 6, and it seems from the above comment that the Mach 8 speed was achieved in unusual flight conditions.  However TASS pointedly also says this

Hypersonic weapons are missiles and aircraft capable of reaching speeds of Mach 5 and more – or five times the speed of sound. They are extremely difficult to intercept due to their overwhelming speed and maneuvering capabilities.

The Russians of course know that US intelligence routinely scans articles in TASS for information about Russian weapons systems.  It is difficult to avoid the impression that the article about the Zircon test is intentionally timed to remind the US after the Syrian missile strike and the US navy deployments near the Korean Peninsula that such moves are dangerous if made against Russia, and will shortly become (after Zircon is deployed) more dangerous still.

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3 thoughts on “Russia announces tests of hypersonic Zircon anti-ship missile in warning to US

  1. You will easily recall how several years ago, the US political establishment was all excited about attacking Iran. And … nothing happened. Well, I happened to be following US military analyses, independent of the official propaganda. It turned out that the US armchair warriors lost much of the appetite for war-mongering when they found out that Iran had lots of Russian lethal Sunburn SS missiles. At the time, they were virtually indestructible and had the additional scary advantage of being easily launchable from various platforms, including patrol boats and trucks. As Mark Gaffney said at the time: the SS-N-22 Sunburn, has been called “the most lethal missile in the world today.”

    The Sunburns were supersonic, Mach 3. The Zircons are twice as fast. I hope the US politicians have enough brain power to realize what it is that they are dealing with this time.

  2. The problem with hypersonic missiles is that they depend on the kinetic force of gravity to reach that hypersonic
    speed. Powerful scalar interferometer blasts in the ionosphere: could reflect off the atmosphere with a huge blast and fry the electronics in the missiles. Or the same blast could be configured to produce intense magnetic fields to powerfully yank the missiles off-course. These things however, would pose a risk to power grids on the ground and
    other infrastructure, but if created like a sheet high up going horizontally, the ELF’s might dissipate before they hit the ground. In a nuclear war though, who cares. This is just a big boner contest between the USA and the Russians. Also it may be true that humanity is a failed species that would be better off extinct. Now that I am 56 years old, and that the same stupid shit has been going on since I was born, I am beginning to think that the human race really might be better off dead…………. Most of Humanity lives in abject misery……..

  3. And this:

    “Russia has unveiled the very first image of a new super-heavy thermonuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile, the RS-28 Sarmat. The Sarmat, designed to be fitted with a hypersonic glider warhead, is expected to go into production as early as 2018. The Sarmat is undergoing development at the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau in the city of Miass. The first image of the new prospective missile was declassified by the bureau on Sunday.”

    Do the American government and NATO still want to f… around with the Russians?

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