Russia test-fires Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile

By Monitoring Desk
Thursday – October 8, 2020
MOSCOW (Russia): The Russian chief of the general staff (CGS) Valery Gerasimov informed the Russian president Vladimir Putin, Wednesday, that at 7:15 am on Tuesday, the frigate Admiral Gorshkov deployed in the White Sea, for the first time fired a Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile at a sea target in the Barents Sea, the goal was achieved, the test firing was successful, the missile destroyed the target in a direct hit, the missile covered a distance of 450 kilometres (kms) and the flight lasted for 4.5 minutes (mins).

According to an official statement, the maximum altitude of its trajectory was 28 kms and the missile reached the hypersonic speed of over mach 8.

Following the state tests, the Tsirkon system will be deployed on submarines and surface ships, Russian CGS Gerasimov concluded.

Russian president Putin responded that the Tsirkon project and the stage you have reported — the successful test flight of the missile — are a major event not only for the armed forces but also for the nation as a whole.

He said that supplying our armed forces — the army and the navy — with the most advanced armaments that have no analogues in the world will reliably ensure national defences for a long time to come.

Russian president Putin admired that the success of this project, as we are well aware, is the result of the hard work of our scientists, engineers, talented workers and military professionals and that it is an important stage in the provision of advanced armaments to our armed forces.

“I would like to congratulate all those who have been involved in the Tsirkon project. I would like to thank the defence minister and you, CGS Gerasimov. I know that you not only act as the customer but are also directly involved in the creation of such systems,” he appreciated.

Russian president Putin concluded, “I would like to thank you for a job well done and to express the hope that all specialists involved in the rearmament projects will continue to work effectively and persistently, as they always do” adding “Once again, I would like to congratulate you on this event and to wish you success in your future endeavours.”