“Admiral Gorshkov” will carry out the second launch of Zircon
Project 22350 Admiral Gorshkov (454) frigate with guided missile weapons left the Belomorsky Naval Base for the second test launch of the
This was reported by the Russian news agency TASS, citing information from two of its sources in the military-industrial complex.
“On Saturday, Gorshkov sailed from the White Sea Naval Base for a second test launch of the Zircon rocket,” said one agency’s source.
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Severnoe Design Office, which is responsible for developing the project, also confirmed that the Russian Ministry of Defense has suspended all activities related to the project since 2016.
The leader of the 19,000-ton warship was equipped with nuclear propulsion and a variety of anti-ship, anti-aircraft, anti-submarine and ground offensive weapons, including Onyx P-800 missiles, Zircon hypersonic missiles and a naval version of the S-500 air defense system. The replacement of the Swormani and Odalovi class destroyers and the Slava class battleships were designed
Another source said that the second test launch of the Zircon hypersonic missile will take place in the next two weeks.
In total, according to sources, in 2020 it is planned to launch up to seven test launches from the Admiral Gorshkov frigate.
The first test launch of Zircon from the frigate Admiral Gorshkov was carried out in January 2020. The second was planned for the second half of spring, but due to restrictions associated with the pandemic, the coronavirus will take place only in the near future.
The lead frigate of project 22350 Admiral Gorshkov joined the fleet at the end of July 2018. After commissioning, the frigate took part in a round-the-world expedition, the main naval parade in St. Petersburg and several naval exercises with other ships of the Russian Navy. Since the fall of last 2019, the frigate has been involved in the state testing program for the latest Zircon sea-based hypersonic missile. In January 2020, a frigate carried out a successful test launch of a hypersonic missile against a ground target located at a training ground in the northern part of the Urals.