The Zircon hypersonic missile, which was successfully launched on October 6, is to enter the new US-Russian nuclear weapons treaty. A representative of the US State Department told TASS today, on October 8.
“Our goal is to go beyond the bilateral agreements of the past and cover all nuclear warheads,” the agency’s interlocutor said. – We will continue to monitor Russian military activities and missile launches, which provides information for our arms control and security policy”.
As EADaily reported, on October 7 Head of General Staff Valery Gerasimov reported to President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin that in the morning of October 6 frigate “Admiral of fleet Gorshkov” fired hypersonic cruise missile “Zirkon” at sea target located in the Barents Sea from water area of White Sea.
The firing was found to be successful and a direct hit of the missile was recorded. The missile’s range was 450 kilometers, its maximum altitude was 28 kilometers. The flight time was 4.5 minutes. Hypersonic speed over Mach 8 was reached. As explained by Gerasimov, after completion of the state tests, it is planned to equip submarines and surface ships with the Zircon complex.
According to Anatoly Antonov, the Russian Ambassador to the USA, the launch of Zircon is not an attempt to play with muscles before the West.