Delivery of Tsirkon hypersonic misile to its armed forces in 2022

Issue: Aero India 2021 Special

In November 2020, the Project 22350 frigate Admiral Gorshkov had successfully testfired a Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile from the White Sea. The Tsirkon hypersonic missile can be fired by warships and submarines of projects 885 and 885M. Bastion coastal launchers can also carry new hypersonic missiles. The Tsirkon hypersonic missile, also named 3M-22 was designed by NPO-machinostroeniya. The missile can fly at a maximum speed of Mach 9, an altitude of 30-40 km, a payload from 300 to 400 kg and a length of 8-10 meters. It is capable of hitting both ground and naval targets up to a distance of 1,000 km. The missile will have a conventional warhead but speculation abounds that it could carry a nuclear warhead in the future. According to military sources, the Tsirkon missile will have a light version that will be air-deployed, likely from a Tupolev Tu-160/M/M2 jet.