The launch of the Zircon hypersonic missile from the side of the submarine will be carried out after several launches from the side of the surface ship. As the carrier will be used the head submarine of project 885 (code "Ash") "Severodvinsk". This was reported by TASS with reference to a source in the military-industrial complex.
According to the source, as part of the tests of the Zircon hypersonic missile, three to four launches from the Admiral Gorshkov frigate will be made, after which the tests will continue in the submarine. Launches are planned from underwater from the side of the nuclear powered submarine Severodvinsk. At the same time, the test dates are not called.
As part of ongoing state trials of the Zircon shipboard missile system, firing a hypersonic missile from an underwater position from the Severodvinsk submarine is planned
- the agency leads the words of the source.
Earlier it was reported that it was originally planned to launch the Zircon from the head submarine of the improved project 885M (code Yasen-M) Kazan, but the plans were revised due to the protracted trials of the submarine.
Recall that the first tests of the Zircon hypersonic missile from the surface ship became known at the end of February this year, when news agencies reported on the shooting by Zircon of the frigate Admiral Gorshkov at one of the Northern landfills fleet in the Barents Sea. It was reported that a rocket launched from a ship overcame more than 500 km and hit a target located on the shore. It was clarified that the first launch was carried out in January.
As you know, to launch the Zircon missile, the 3S-14 universal ship’s firing complex (UKSK) is used, designed to fire the Caliber and Onyx. Currently, UKSK 3S-14 is equipped with all new ships under construction, as well as undergoing modernization. In addition, the UKKS is equipped with multi-purpose submarines of Project 885 Ash.