3M22 Zircon / SS-N-33 hypersonic maneuverable anti-ship missile

Zircon: the Russian missile that may render U.S. aircraft carriers obsolete

April 26, 2017 GLEB FEDOROV, RBTH

The news that Russia’s Zircon missile has attained unprecedented speed provoked alarming headlines in the Western media. RBTH summarizes what is known about one of Russia’s most classified military programs.

This month, Russia’s Zircon   reached the highest speed for any cruise missile in history. Citing sources close to the military, TASS said the missile, during trials, was able to fly at a speed that is eight times faster than speed of sound – the so-called Mach 8, which is approximately equal to 9,800 km/h.

With a possible range of around 400 km, it will be able to cover the entire distance in just two and a half minutes. Western media outlets fear that this will render much of NATO’s naval equipment obsolete.

According to The Independent, the Royal Navy’s Sea Ceptor system can only stop missiles travelling up to 3,700 km/h.

Tim Ripley, who covers defense issues for Jane’s Defence Weekly told dw.com that Zircon’s deployment “will greatly reduce the reaction time that they [Western military units] have to deploy their own defenses and counter-measures.”

Former commander of the Russian Navy Admiral Viktor Chirkov told Russian media outlets that by 2020 the Russian Navy is planning to create a “group of strategic non-nuclear deterrence” assets, equipped with high-precision long-range weapons. According to Kornev, this means that in three years time Zircon may already be deployed.

According to military expert Konstantin Sivkov, the adoption of the Zircon will lead to the weakening of the ability of the U.S. aircraft carrier forces to strike Russian targets as Moscow’s naval cruisers will be equipped with these missiles.

What is known about Zircon

All the available information about Zircon is based on rare comments from Russian officials and media leaks, which were not played down by the military and defense experts.

Dmitry Kornev, editor of Militaryrussia.ru, which collected the most complete profile on the Zircon missile, told RBTH that he believes the missiles were already launched from a Yasen-class attack submarine.

According to Kornev, this means that the engineers are close to successfully deploying the missiles on submarines, ships and on land.

The missile is reportedly going to be deployed in 2018 on a number of submarines and large-class ships, which will be upgraded to fit Zircon. It will also be deployed on Russia’s sole aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov (after its reconstruction), on Lider-class destroyers, and on the Husky 5th generation submarine.

The fact Zircon will be launched from the Agat 3S14 universal platform, which is also used for Klub cruise missiles, means that it can be deployed virtually on any platform.

According to Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who was the first high-ranking official to confirm the very fact of the missile’s ongoing tests, Zircon belongs to “a totally new generation of weapons” and is “guaranteed to bypass anti-missile defense systems.”

Original post rbth.com

screenshot-www.youtube.com-2018.10.22-01-11-38Милла Краевская

The 3M22 Zircon or the is a maneuvering anti-ship hypersonic cruise missile developed in Russia.[i] The Zircon’s estimated range is 500 km at a low level and up to 750 km at a semi-ballistic trajectory, but the state-owned media in Russia reports the range as 1,000 km.[ii] It’s a two-stage missile that uses solid fuel in the first stage and a scramjet motor in the second stage. This missile will be incorporated into the Kirov-class battlecruiser Admiral Nakhimov this year and the Pyotr Velikiy in 2022.[iii]

Source missiledefenseadvocacy.org

Specification

General data:
Type: Guided Weapon Weight: 3500 kg
Length: 9.0 m Span: 1.5 m
Diameter: 0.8 Generation: None
Properties: Home On Jam (HOJ), Search Pattern, Bearing-Only Launch (BOL), Weapon – INS w/ GPS Navigation, Re-Attack Capability, Level Cruise Flight
Targets: Surface Vessel, Land Structure – Soft, Land Structure – Hardened, Runway
Active Radar Seeker – (ASM LR, Kh-32) Radar
Weapon Seeker, Active Radar
Max Range: 148.2 km
Passive Radar Seeker – (AS-21, SS-N-26) ESM
Weapon Seeker, Anti-Radiation
Max Range: 18.5 km
Weapons:
SS-N-33 [3M22 Zircon] – Guided Weapon
Surface Max: 1296.4 km. Land Max: 1296.4 km.

Source cmano-db.com

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TTX missiles (Russian source):

Length – estimated from 8 to 10.5 m (a larger figure is more likely)
Range:
– 300-400 km ( source – the United States experienced , source )
– 800-1000 km (forecast)
Speed:
– at least 4.5 M ( source )
– presumably 5-6 M ( source )
– 6 M ( source , 2016)
– up to 8 M ( source , 15.04.2017 city)

Source militaryrussia.ru

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Ships and nuclear submarines, as well as aircraft and coastal mobile missile systems can be equipped with Zircon-type missiles. Taking into account the requirements for a hypersonic rocket, the range of the Zircon should exceed the range of the Onyx, which, according to open data, is about 500 km.

It is assumed that the Onyx and Zircon missiles will be involved in the implementation of the concept of strategic non-nuclear deterrence.

Strategic non-nuclear deterrence implies the possibility of hitting, if necessary, the critical military and economic targets of a potential enemy, without resorting to the use of nuclear weapons.

The former commander-in-chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Viktor Chirkov, previously stated that a group of strategic non-nuclear deterrent forces, equipped with long-range precision weapons, should be created in the Russian Navy by 2020.

The basis of this grouping will be the nuclear submarine cruisers of the project 885M Yasen, the upgraded nuclear submarines of the project 949M, and the heavy nuclear missile cruisers of the project 1144. Source interfax.ru

Former commander of the Russian Navy Admiral Viktor Chirkov told Russian media outlets that by 2020 the Russian Navy is planning to create a “group of strategic non-nuclear deterrence” assets, equipped with high-precision long-range weapons. According to Kornev, this means that in three years time Zircon may already be deployed.

According to military expert Konstantin Sivkov, the adoption of the Zircon will lead to the weakening of the ability of the U.S. aircraft carrier forces to strike Russian targets as Moscow’s naval cruisers will be equipped with these missiles.

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