BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Russian Navy is expected to be the first nation in the world to arm their submarines with hypersonic cruise missiles, the Navy Recognition website reported on Tuesday.

According to the online publication, the Russians are expected to arm their submarines with the Zircon model hypersonic missiles, which are believed to give their navy an some strategic advantages in naval warfare.

“The greater speed will better enable Russia to strike time-critical targets and will increase the missile’s survival rate against modern air defences,” the publication said.

“Zircon can reportedly fly at Mach 8 with some estimates being even higher. For comparison, the Tomahawk cruise missiles carried by US Navy and Royal Navy submarines fly at around Mach 0.75,” they continued.

The Syrian War would witness the first time that the Russian Navy used their submarines to fire cruise missiles in combat.


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  1. Eventually useful against static targets : against a moving one, except if there is a tactical nuke, at such speed, any very slight correction of trajectory means you miss by several hundred metres…
    And these are not more difficult to intercept than a Scud or Iskander which both are also hypersonic, in fact, Kh-47 Khinzal is an air-launched Iskander. You better just be careful as these would arrive very fast, so rapid reaction is the key.
    Even if Zircon can be installed in Russian VLS, it takes the room of 4 Kalibr and Kalibr are actually not cheap at all, in fact, they’re 3-4x more expensive than a Tomahawk, so expect Zircon to be freaking expensive, if it ends really introduced :
    Let’s be clear, it’s not without reasons US didn’t weaponised X-43 or X-51, or that, in 1961-62, they gave up with AGM-48 SkyBolt which had better performance than Kh-47 Khinzal, same for the infamous Project Pluto trashed in early 60’s too, which 9M730 Burevestnik is inspired from.
    Moreover, remember that at such speeds, you can compare it to an atmospheric re-entry : you create plasma making most of sensors and remote control useless.
    As it’s easy to state that Russia is rationalising equipments, it seems pretty odd, especially that it’d be feasible to adapt Iskander in the same VLS ‘silos’.
    Maybe Zircon will come, maybe not, but I feel a bias to push an arms race while Russia would actually dilapidate nothing.