Ministry of Defense: Admiral Gorshkov frigate conducted a test launch of the Zircon missile The Zircon missile was fired at a sea target located at a distance of about 1,000 km from the Barents Sea to the White Sea. The launch was performed by the crew of the Admiral Gorshkov frigate

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Frigate “Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov” fired a hypersonic missile “Zirkon” in the Barents Sea as part of testing new types of weapons, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

“According to objective control data, the Zircon hypersonic cruise missile successfully hit a sea target located at a distance of about 1 thousand km. The flight of the hypersonic missile corresponded to the specified parameters, — the message says. It is specified that the target itself was located in the White Sea.

«Zircon»— Russian-made anti-ship hypersonic missile. It is being developed in the NPO of Mechanical Engineering near Moscow. The rocket can reach speeds of more than 9.5 thousand km/h. Last November, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the missiles would enter service in 2022.

The first salvo launch of “Zircon” took place on December 24, 2021. At the end of the month, the Northern Fleet reported on 12 successful launches of the Zirkon rocket. About ten launches were carried out by the crew of the frigate “Admiral Gorshkov”, two more — the crew of the nuclear submarine “Severodvinsk” (project «Ash»). The Kremlin noted that the successful tests of “Zircon” will be a convincing note for the West.

In April of this year, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev, commenting on the plans of Sweden and Finland to join NATO (Stockholm and Helsinki submitted applications for membership in the alliance on May 18. — RBC), said that in this case Russia will need to “strengthen its borders.” According to him, it will be necessary to strengthen the grouping of ground forces and air defense, deploy significant naval forces in the Gulf of Finland.

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“No one in their right mind wants higher prices and taxes, increased tensions along the borders, Iskanders, hypersonics and nuclear-powered ships. weapons literally at arm's length from their own home. Let's hope that the mind of our northern neighbors will still win. But if not— then, as they say, “he himself came”, — wrote Medvedev in Telegram.

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