Russia’s Admiral Gorshkov Frigate To Start Hypersonic Missile Acceptance Trials

The Russian Navy Northern Fleet’s Project 22350 lead frigate Admiral Gorshkov has started to sail to Severodvinsk in north Russia, the Defense Ministry’s press office said. This is likely for the qualification and acceptance phase of the Tsirkon hypersonic missile...


Naval News: In October 2020, the Admiral Gorshkov frigate successfully fired a Tsirkon hypersonic missile against a seaborne target set up in the Barents Sea. The missile covered a distance of 450 km (280 mi). The maximum altitude of its trajectory was 28 km (17 mi). The flight lasted 4.5 minutes. The missile reached the speed of over Mach 8.

In November, the frigate deployed in the White Sea launched a Tsirkon missile at a complex seaborne target in the Barents Sea. The missile covered a distance of 450 km.

In December, the Admiral Gorshkov fired a Tsirkon missile against a coastal target at a distance of more than 350 km (217 mi).

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the Admiral Gorshkov frigate will be used in 2021 to test a hypersonic weapon.

A source in the defense industry told TASS in March that the Tsirkon hypersonic missile had successfully completed flight development tests on a ship. The state trials will start in May-June and several launches will be made.

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