During the maneuvers, an attack against a maritime objective located at a distance of more than 900 kilometers was practiced.
The crew of the Russian frigate Admiral Gorshkov has carried out a computer simulation exercise on the use of the Tsirkon hypersonic missile in the Atlantic Ocean. The Russian Ministry of Defense published images of the electronic launch for the first time on Wednesday.
The maneuvers consisted of practicing carrying out a hypersonic attack with a Tsirkon missile against a maritime target that simulated an enemy ship, located at a distance of more than 900 kilometers. “Over the course of the training mission, the frigate combat crew demonstrated a high level of consistency,” Defense stated. For his part, the commander of the ship, Captain 1st Rank Igor Krojmal, stated that the launch efficiency was “1”, which means that he fully met expectations.
In addition, it is noted that a series of joint maneuvers with the South African Navy and the Chinese Navy off the coast of South Africa are scheduled for next February.
Tsirkon missiles reach a maximum speed of about 2.65 kilometers per second at a height of 20 kilometers, that is, more than 10,000 km/h. The speed of the projectile can reach Mach 9 (nine times the speed of sound), while its maximum autonomy is more than 1,000 kilometers.
The Tsirkon cannot be detected or intercepted by existing air defenses due to its high speed and stealth technology available, according to experts. The missile is also capable of hitting moving targets with great precision.
In addition, the Tsirkon can destroy both naval and land targets, and is the world’s first hypersonic missile that can be launched from surface ships and from submarines in an underwater position. May Hit targets up to 1,500 kilometers away. According to experts, if the weapon is installed on a military ship that is in neutral waters, it would take about five minutes to reach Washington.