By TASS Russian News agency
The source said:
“During the ongoing flight development tests, the Tsirkon hypersonic missile will be test-launched to the maximum range against a seaborne target soon,”
According to the source, the recent test-launch of the Tsirkon missile from the frigate against a ground target was also performed during the missile’s flight development tests.
The missile demonstrated exceptional accuracy, hitting the bull’s eye, the source said.
The NPO Mashinostroeniya Company, which is the developer and manufacturer of the Tsirkon hypersonic missile, refrained from commenting on this information.
Russia’s Defense Ministry said on July 19 that the Admiral Gorshkov frigate had successfully test-launched a Tsirkon hypersonic missile against a ground target. The missile flew at a speed of Mach 7 and covered a distance of more than 350 km (217 mi).
According to the Defense Ministry’s press office, the Project 22350 lead frigate launched the missile from the White Sea. The ground target was located on the coast of the Barents Sea. The Tsirkon system is planned to be mounted on Russian Navy submarines and surface ships, the press office added.