Russia’s News quoted the Russian Ministry of Defense as saying on December 17 that in next year’s exercise of the Russian North Sea Fleet, the “Asen” nuclear submarine will be used to use the “Zircon” hypersonic guidance of the frigate “Admiral Gorshkov” on the 22350. Bullet to guide the target.
According to the report, the nuclear submarine will find a hypothetical enemy and issue a target command to the frigate to launch “zircon” missiles, and the frigate will cover the submarine with its anti-aircraft missile system. This kind of cooperation will surprise the destruction of enemy ships without the enemy’s notice.
Former Russian submarine captain and naval colonel Igor Kurkin said, “Submarines can find targets, keep track, and give instructions to frigates. Thus, the frigates can use their weapons at the longest distance without entering the enemy’s fire area.” After a strike is carried out, the submarine can monitor whether it hits the target and can use its own weapons to carry out a second strike if necessary.” The Yasen nuclear submarine also carried torpedoes and missile weapons, including Zircon hypersonic missiles.
Zircon is a Russian hypersonic anti-ship cruise missile with a speed of Mach 8. At present, the pre-loading test is nearing completion. On 6 October, the frigate Admiral Gorshkov completed the launch of the Zircon hypersonic missile for the first time at sea targets in the White Sea to the Barents Sea. On November 25, Admiral Gorshkov’s frigate Zircon missile hit a target at a distance of 450 kilometers in the waters of the White Sea.
The frigate 22350 “Admiral Gorshkov” carries a “Zircon” hypersonic missile. The main ship of this type entered service in 2018, and the second national test is nearing completion. The third ship will be included in the fleet by the end of 2021, and three more will be listed by the end of 2026. The Type 885 “Asen” nuclear submarine is a multi-functional submarine in Russia. It is regarded as one of the smallest submarines in the world. At present, one is on the list, and a total of 10 such nuclear submarines are planned to be produced.