May 17th Vladimir Posperov, a member of the Russian government’s Military Industry Commission and the Maritime Commission, told the media that Russia’s latest “zircon” hypersonic missile test had entered its final stages and would be mass-produced in the near future after completion of the test.
In 2020, according to information released by the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Russian military’s 22350 frigate Admiral Gorshkov “launched a number of “zircon” hypersonic missile tests, successfully hitting sea and land targets.
Russia plans to launch its first “Zircon” hypersonic missile in the summer of 2021, as well as a national test of the missile system. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the test plan would be completed within this year. Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously said that the “Zircon” hypersonic missiles will be put on duty in the near future.
The Zircon hypersonic missile is expected to be equipped with the upgraded Admiral Nashimov nuclear-powered cruiser, the 949AM Irkutsk submarine, the Type 22350 frigate and the latest 885M Assen-M class multi-role nuclear submarine.