Russian Sputnik News Agency reported on February 9 that Russian Defense Minister General Sergei Shoigu said on the same day that Russia’s non-nuclear deterrence will be based on various hypersonic systems.
“The potential of non-nuclear deterrence is increasing, starting with high-precision weapons, which will be based on various hypersonic systems,” Shoigu said at a mobilization meeting with the leadership of the Russian armed forces on the 9th.
In 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin introduced the Russian hypersonic weapon system “vanguard” and “dagger” in his State of the Union address to the Federal Parliament.
Later, it was learned about the development of the Zircon hypersonic cruise missile.
At present, Russia has developed a number of hypersonic weapons covering different platforms, including the “Dagger” hypersonic missiles carried by MiG-31K fighters and “Pioneer” hypersonic missiles launched from land-based silos have entered combat duty.
At present, Russia is conducting the test launch of the “zircon” hypersonic missile on the sea-based platform.
Russian Deputy Minister of Defense Alexei Krivorutzko has previously said that Zircon hypersonic missiles will be delivered to the Russian Navy in bulk in 2022.