[Global Network Military Report of January 23] Russian Satellite News Agency reported on January 22 that the Russian Ministry of Defense will be equipped with lightweight modified zircon hypersonic missiles, which will first be used to arm small missile ships of Red Belt Spider and Mob-M class.
Previously, zircon hypersonic missiles were used in nuclear cruisers, nuclear submarines and frigates. The emergence of lightweight zircon hypersonic missiles will affect the Russian navys operational strategy. Russian News learned from the Russian Navy Command that the new version of zircon tactical and technical requirements have been formulated. Although the missile is small, its basic technical performance is not affected, and the light-weight zircon is weaker than the conventional version in terms of lethality. The zircon missile will first be used to arm the 22800 Red Ribbon Spider and 21631 mob-M small missile ships. Both small missile ships are equipped with caliber cruise missiles and agate anti-ship missiles, and the emergence of zircon will make them unrivalled.
Zircon hypersonic anti-ship missile is theoretically a new weapon, belonging to a non-nuclear weapon system, but its power is close to nuclear weapons. Compared with the previous generation of anti-ship missiles, the new zircon missile has a higher probability of hitting carrier-type targets. Zircon missiles are strong, powerful warheads, fast flying speed, explosive energy can sink large warships to the bottom of the sea.
The supersonic speed of the zircon missile makes it impeccable. All the work of the missile project is confidential, but according to public information, the missile can reach a speed of Mach 5-10 and hit targets 300 to 500 kilometers away. Machs speed is the limit of modern air defense weapons, which means that anti-missile missiles cant catch up with zircon hypersonic missiles, and short-range air defense cant work, because anti-aircraft guns cant intercept zircon missiles.
Zircon anti-ship missiles also have a trump card: depending on Intelligent technology, a group of missiles is like a whole group of self-coordinating missiles when they complete the attack. Therefore, the attack of zircon missile must be irresistible. Zircon anti-ship missiles can also attack ground targets with known coordinates. Such capabilities are particularly useful in coastal areas, where small missile ships and submarines not only resist enemy ships, but also help ground forces.
Dmitry Kornev, a Russian military expert and editor of Military Russias military website, said that zircon is suitable for launching from existing launchers, while small missile ships and submarines are best equipped with miniaturized missiles.
Lightweight missile engines are the same, but they use smaller warheads, fuel tanks and other structural components, he said. Its very likely that the missiles starter accelerator will also be modified, and the zircon starter accelerator will be very powerful. The new accelerator will reduce the launch load of ships carrying zircon missiles, such as small missile ships. He believes that Supersonic Missiles on small missile ships and submarines can actually enhance the navys strength. Kornev also said that light zircon can quickly arm the navy. Small missile ships are the cheapest delivery equipment for zircon missiles, with a construction period of 2-3 years.
The emergence of new supersonic anti-ship missiles will affect the navys operational strategy. Russian experts say that small missile ships and submarines are difficult to detect, and are more concealed under air defense protection along the Russian coast. Small missile ships and submarines can launch lethal and intensive raids against enemies close to the Russian coast.
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