Two successful launches of the Tsirkon hypersonic missile from the Severodvinsk nuclear-powered submarine (NATO reporting name: Severodvinsk-class) will pave the way for its state trials from the Admiral Gorshkov frigate (Admiral Gorshkov class) by the end of the year, a source in the defense industry told TASS.
“After Tsirkon’s successful tests from a submarine there are no obstacles to beginning government certification tests from a surface ship,” he said. The source added that the certification tests were to begin in November. One or two launches may be carried out by the end of the year.
The developer and manufacturer of the missile, NPO Mashinostroyenia (an affiliate of the Tactical Missiles Corporation) in Reutov, near Moscow, has refrained from comment…
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