The Second Launch of the Zircon from Under the Water Was Successfully Completed
(Source: Russian Ministry of Defence; issued Oct 04, 2021)
Having fired a first Zircon hypersonic missile while surfaced on Monday, the Russian Navy’s Severodvinsk nuclear attack submarine fired a second missile while submerged at a depth of 40 meters, Russian MoD announced today. (Wikipedia photo)

The crew of the nuclear submarine missile cruiser Severodvinsk successfully completed the second test launch of the hypersonic cruise missile Zircon.

The second test firing of the hypersonic cruise missile Zircon was carried out by the crew of the nuclear submarine missile cruiser Severodvinsk for the first time from an underwater position, from a depth of 40 meters, in the waters of the White Sea at a conditional sea target in the Barents Sea.

According to objective control data, the flight of the rocket from leaving the water to hitting the conditional target fully corresponded to the specified parameters.

The day before, for the first time, a hypersonic cruise missile Zircon was fired from the nuclear submarine missile cruiser Severodvinsk from a surface position.

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Submarine Severodvinsk Carries Out Underwater Launch of Tsirkon Missile
(Source: TASS; published Oct 04, 2021)
MOSCOW --- The nuclear-powered submarine The Severodvinsk has carried out a second successful launch of a hypersonic missile Tsirkon from the White Sea at a target in the Barents Sea, the Defense Ministry told the media on Monday.

"A second test launch of a hypersonic cruise missile Tsirkon was carried out by the crew of the nuclear-powered submarine The Severodvinsk for the first time beneath the sea surface from a depth of 40 meters in the White Sea at a target in the Barents Sea. According to the objective monitoring means, the missile's flight from the moment of surfacing and to hitting the target totally matched the expected parameters," the Defense Ministry said.

On Monday morning, the ministry said that The Severodvinsk had successfully fired a Tsirkon hypersonic missile from a surface position. Before that, the missile was tested from a surface naval vessel - the lead ship of project 22350 The Admiral Gorshkov.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Tsirkon hypersonic missile, capable of developing a speed of Mach 9 and hit targets more than 1,000 kilometers away, would enter duty soon.

On August 24, at the international military-technical forum Army-2021 the Defense Ministry concluded a contract for acquiring the Tsirkon missiles. The CEO and chief designer of the NPO Mashinostroyeniya, Alexander Leonov said the contract would be fulfilled by 2025.

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