MOSCOW, November 30. / TASS /. A new sea-based hypersonic missile will enter service in Russia from next year, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the plenary meeting of the VTB Capital Russia Calling investment forum! Tuesday.
“We have carried out a test, and a successful test. As of next year, we will have another missile at sea, a hypersonic missile. Mach 9. The approach time for those giving the orders will be five minutes,” Putin said. noted.
He stressed that if attack systems emerged on Ukrainian territory, their approach time to Moscow would be seven to ten minutes, and the approach time of hypersonic weapons – five minutes.
On November 18, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that it had successfully tested a Tsirkon hypersonic missile from the Northern Fleet frigate Admiral Gorshkov to hit a surface target in the White Sea. Earlier, a source told TASS that the Tsirkon missiles will begin undergoing government certification tests in November. Further launches would follow in December. A total of five missiles will be fired at naval and coastal targets. Two Tsirkon missile launches from the nuclear-powered submarine The Severodvinsk on October 4 paved the way for missile testing from a surface ship.
The Ministry of Defense entered into a contract for the purchase of the Tsirkon missiles during the Army-2021 arms fair on August 24.