“Peter the Great” will start repairs in the third quarter or the end of 2019. It is planned that the repair and modernization will be completed at the end of 2022 of the year, ”a source said.
“In the course of this work, the cruiser will receive the hypersonic anti-ship Zircon anti-ship missiles. At the moment, the missiles are undergoing flight design state tests, the results of which will result in a decision on their acceptance for service, ”he added.
According to another source in the shipbuilding industry, “the cruiser will be equipped with ten launchers 3С-14, which will be able to receive Onyx, Caliber and Zircon missiles”.
The agency notes that there is a 2 version of such installations - under 4 and under 8 missiles. What exactly will be equipped with a cruiser, the source did not specify.
Military expert Igor Korotchenko, in turn, noted that the armament of "Peter the Great" with new missiles "will give new combat properties, increase the survivability and fire capabilities of this ship, as well as expand the range of tasks performed at various maritime theaters of military operations."
To date, the characteristics of "Zircon" are secret. According to data from open sources, the range of the rocket can be about 400 km, and its speed will be 5 times the speed of sound.