“Zircon” Launch video from MO. There is a fundamental difference with the Onyx in terms of the flight path – the Zircon must be driven to a height. So, he will definitely show the enemy where his carrier is. This does not mean that hypersonic missiles are bad, but this point must be taken into account in battle planning. For obvious reasons, the GZPKR cannot follow a low-altitude trajectory.

“Caliber”. Launch of “Caliber” from “Kazan”. Nothing particularly interesting, just pay attention once again to the trajectory – “Caliber”, unlike the “Zircon”, then goes to a low altitude, but nevertheless, upon launch, it first lifts it up on the accelerator. And this should also be taken into account when planning a battle.

This is strongly reminiscent of Soviet times, when they said and wrote like that – “nuclear submarine”, “supersonic fighter”, without names. It may mean something, or it may mean nothing, we must wait for the repetition (if it happens).

As part of the planned exercises of the special reaction forces, in which the forces of the Northern and Black Sea fleets take part, the Kalibr cruise missile was successfully launched from a diesel-electric submarine.  Launches were carried out both at sea and at ground targets.

“Ships and submarines of the Northern and Black Sea Fleets launched Caliber cruise missiles and Zirkon hypersonic missiles at sea and ground targets,” the Kremlin website said in a statement.

ROC “Caliber” were created on the basis of two projects: developed during the period from 1975 to 1984 in the SMKB “Novator” of the strategic nuclear cruise missile 3M10 with a combat radius of 2,500 km and the competition of anti-ship missiles “Alfa” (ROC “Turquoise”).

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov reported to Supreme Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Putin about the progress of the large-scale planned exercises.  The Russian leader watched the course of the exercises from the situational center together with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko.

The material was prepared by Alexei Kurilchenko and Nikolai Baranov.


Ships and submarines of the Northern and Black Sea Fleets launched Kalibr cruise missiles and Zirkon hypersonic missiles at sea and ground targets.

In the Astrakhan region, at the Kapustin Yar test site, a practical launch of the Iskander ground-based cruise missile was carried out.

From the position area of ​​the Plesetsk State Test Cosmodrome, the Yars intercontinental ballistic missile was launched at the Kura test site on the Kamchatka Peninsula.

Air-launched cruise missiles fired from Tu-95ms long-range strategic missile carriers hit targets at the Pemboi and Kura ranges.

From the waters of the Barents Sea, a strategic nuclear submarine of the Northern Fleet “Karelia” launched a ballistic missile “Sineva” at the Kura range.

The footage shows the launches of the Kinzhal hypersonic missiles, the firing of the Iskander operational-tactical complex, and the sorties of Tu-95MS strategic bombers. 

The naval part of the large-scale exercises includes launches of Caliber cruise missiles and Zircon hypersonic missiles. Also, from the Plesetsk cosmodrome, the Russian military launched the Yars intercontinental ballistic missile, which successfully hit the target at the Kamchatka Kura training ground.

Vladimir Putin watched the missile launches together with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. The Belarusian leader arrived in Moscow the day before for talks with his Russian counterpart. Before the start of the exercises, the Ministry of Defense emphasized that they were planned in advance. 

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