MOSCOW, November 27. / TASS /. The Russian Association for Research and Military-Industrial Machine Building Industry (MIC NPO Mashinostroyenia) in the city of Reutovo in the Moscow region has started serial production of Tsirkon hypersonic missiles for the country’s navy, a a source close to the situation told TASS.
âSerial production of Tsirkon missiles is underway at NPO Mashinostroyenia, although state testing of surface launches of this product will continue,â the source said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on November 3 that testing of the Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile was nearing completion and would start arriving for the Russian Navy from next year. On November 18, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to Putin on the successful launch of a test hypersonic Tsirkon missile in the White Sea.
A source from the domestic defense industry told TASS earlier this week that flight testing of the Tsirkon hypersonic missile from an underwater aircraft carrier after two successful test launches would resume from of the modified nuclear submarine Perm of the 885M project (Yasen-M) in 2024..
On October 4, the nuclear-powered submarine Severodvinsk first tested Tsirkon hypersonic missiles from its surface and submerged position in the White Sea.
A source earlier told TASS that domestic testing of the Tsirkon hypersonic missile would begin in November and continue into December. A total of five test launches against maritime and coastal targets are planned. On August 24, 2021, a contract was signed at the Army 2021 international arms fair for the delivery of Tsirkon hypersonic missiles to Russian troops.
The Tsirkon multipurpose hypersonic missile is designed to strike sea and land targets.
President Putin said earlier that Tsirkon hypersonic missiles capable of flying at Mach 9 (nine times the speed of sound) and hitting targets over 1,000 km away would soon be on combat alert.
Russia intends to equip its submarines and surface ships with Tsirkon hypersonic missile systems.
As TASS reported earlier, the modified Perm submarine, which is Project 885M’s fifth nuclear-powered submarine, will be the first regular underwater carrier of Tsirkon hypersonic missiles. The submarine is expected to enter service with the Russian Navy in 2025.
The Sevmash Shipyard (part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation) is currently building six Project 885M submarines. The lead submarines Project 885 and Project 885M, Severodvinsk and Kazan, are in operational service with the Russian Navy, while the first series-built submarine of Project 885M, Novosibirsk, is being tested and is expected to enter in service in the navy by the end of this year.