Putin deploys a frigate armed with hypersonic Zircon cruise missiles to the Atlantic Ocean

Putin deploys a frigate armed with hypersonic Zircon cruise missiles to the Atlantic Ocean

President Putin announced on Wednesday the deployment of a frigate equipped with hypersonic Zircon cruise missiles — a sort of armament that has “no counterparts,” according to Putin — to the Atlantic Ocean.

The ship, named Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov, is deploying months after Russia’s Ministry of Defense boasted of a successful test launch of the missiles, which traveled 625 kilometers.

Putin added during a video conference with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Igor Krokhmal, the ship’s commander, that the ship is armed with the most advanced hypersonic missile system, Zircon, which has no counterparts. This is a hypersonic system based on the ocean.

Reuters reported that Shoigu stated the ship would also traverse the Indian Ocean and Mediterranean Sea in addition to the Atlantic.

The defense ministry declared at the time, “Today, the lead frigate of Project 22350 Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov fired a Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile at a naval target location in the White Sea from the Barents Sea.”

According to intelligence on the new weapon, the Zircon missile can move nine times faster than sound.

According to sources, Russia has recently completed test launches of the Sarmat, an intercontinental missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

 

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