Recently, flight-tests of a new hypersonic missile for the Tu-22M3M were conducted.Yes, its most probably GZUR(Giperzvukovaya Upravlyaemaya Raketa / Hypersonic Guided Missile) developed by former "Raduga" design bureau(part of KTRV now). 6 meters, 1500kg, 1500km, 6M. Possibly intended as antiship missile for Tu-22M3M.
Does it have a precise designation?
Wish they'd release some good video.Found this news at another forum. Источник: с "Адмирала Горшкова" проведут залповый пуск "Цирконов" - РИА Новости, 04.01.2021 (ria.ru)
Source: from the Admiral Gorshkov will conduct a salvo launch of" Zircons"."
"MOSCOW, January 4-RIA Novosti. The frigate of the Northern fleet project 22350 "Admiral Gorshkov" until the end of 2021 for the first time will perform a salvo launch of hypersonic missiles "Zircon" on tests, a source in the military-industrial complex told RIA Novosti.
As reported by the Ministry of defense, in 2020, Gorshkov performed three launches of Zircons: two-at sea targets and one-at a ground target. In all cases, only one missile was fired.
"According to the plan of state tests of the missile system, by the end of 2021, the first salvo firing of several Zircon missiles will be performed from the Admiral Gorshkov frigate. The missiles will be launched from the ship with an interval of several seconds, " the source told RIA Novosti.
He explained that the salvo firing "is designed to provide not only missile tests, but also to test the capabilities of the ship's weapons control system, in particular, when it performs tasks with a massive missile strike simultaneously on sea and land targets."
The launches will be carried out in an environment of powerful electronic countermeasures. According to the source, the Zircon is equipped with a unique homing system in terms of noise immunity characteristics, and they want to confirm its capabilities during tests.
The zircon is the world's first hypersonic cruise missile capable of performing long – term aerodynamic flight with maneuvering in dense layers of the atmosphere, using its own engine thrust throughout the route, while its speed reaches about nine speeds of sound, and the maximum firing range is up to a thousand kilometers. The complex can hit both surface and ground targets with the same efficiency.
Serial deliveries of hypersonic missiles "Zircon" for the Russian Navy should begin in 2022."
They really are persistent on not wanting to show scramjet missiles, such as the GZUR being talked about in 2013 and they do not want to show a visual representation of it even when it was claimed to be test launched in May 2020. The U.S. approaches it the opposite way of showing the model of a HAWC missile, but do not give weight or length characteristics of the missile other than being bigger than the F-35's weapon's bay.Wish they'd release some good video.
Yeah just a visual representation of the missile(at least by lockheed martin), but no visual representation or model offered by Russia of either known scramjet missile. They do have a tendency to sometimes reveal certain missile projects later after they have been tested and sometimes revealing missile projects and than having to still work on them. Such as the mysterious black missile that was randomly shown time and time again on the Mig-31 as a proposed ASAT weapon, but what I found disappointing is that its name was called Burevestnik(finally it was given a name recently) even though that name was already given to another ongoing missile project.Is there a model of the HAWC? I know the manufacturer had some artist's impression pics, but I didn't think there was any public model.
jpg got it, and what sizes would you recommend because looking at the Su-57 RCS thread images, lets just say there are some that like to spam more images than I do(with questionable sizes). I will see if I can edit it now thanks.
Harpoon, and a couple others, ride in a canister to the surface.Ejecting a missile while submerged isn't particularly new; it never would have occurred to me that Zircon couldn't be launched that way. Isn't every other Russian cruise missile launched submerged going back to the SSN-9 Siren/Charlie class? (Forgot the Russian designation).