The Deadly Accuracy of the Zircon Missile A Game-Changer in Modern Warfare

Zircon Missile: Russia's Newest Hypersonic Weapon

Zircon missile is a hypersonic anti-ship missile developed by Russia. It is designed to travel at speeds of up to Mach 8 (8 times the speed of sound which makes it extremely difficult to intercept. The missile is capable of hitting targets at a distance of up to 1000 km with an accuracy of around 5-10 meters.

The Zircon missile uses a scramjet engine which allows it to achieve such high speeds. The missile is launched from a vertical launch platform and has the ability to maneuver during flight making it highly maneuverable and resistant to enemy countermeasures.
The missile is equipped with a variety of guidance systems including GPS GLONASS and INS. It also has an active radar seeker and an infrared seeker which enable it to track and hit moving targets.
The Zircon missile is expected to be deployed on Russia's new class of frigates and destroyers as well as on submarines. It is seen as a threat to traditional naval powers as it has the ability to penetrate even the most advanced missile defense systems.
In October 2020 Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed that the Zircon missile had undergone successful tests and was ready for deployment.

Specifications of the Zircon missile

Parameter Value
Type Supersonic anti-ship missile
Origin Russia
Manufacturer NPO Mashinostroyeniya
Service history 2019-present
Weight 5 tons
Length 8-10 meters
Diameter 0.7 meters
Speed Mach 8-9 (9800-11000 km/h)
Range 1000 km
Warhead Conventional or nuclear
Guidance system Inertial guidance active/passive radar homing
Platforms Naval and ground-based launchers