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Missiles cannot intercept Russia, making the US worried

Missiles cannot intercept Russia, making the US worried 3

Missiles cannot intercept Russia, making the US worried

On October 4, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that the Severodvinsk nuclear submarine launched the Zircon hypersonic cruise missile for the first time in the Barents Sea.

The Zircon hypersonic missile is one of the `super weapons` mentioned by Russian President Vladimir Putin in a speech in December 2018.

Hypersonic weapons can maneuver and change direction during flight, something strategic ballistic missiles cannot do, making them much more effective against moving targets such as aircraft carriers.

Russian submarine tested hypersonic missile for the first time

The Severodvinsk submarine launched a Zircon missile in the Barents Sea on October 4.

Gustav Gressel, an expert on Russian military affairs at the European Council on Foreign Relations, said Zircon’s first and most important role is to destroy ships, but this missile can attack land targets.

Russia began developing Zircon in the early 2010s and held several tests over the past five years.

Russia plans to equip a series of surface warships and submarines with this hypersonic missile, thanks to its ability to share a vertical launch pad with Kalibr cruise missiles and Oniks anti-ship missiles in service.

The test launch from the Severodvinsk nuclear submarine marked a significant development in the Zircon hypersonic missile development program, turning it into a truly `uninterceptable` attack weapon.

Alexandre Vautravers, defense security expert and editor-in-chief of Revue Militaire Suisse magazine, said that Zircon missiles will be carried by warships with the highest stealth capabilities, for Russia it will be submarines because `the country has not

In the event of an armed conflict with NATO, submarines `are the only Russian force that has a chance to survive` against attacks by the US and its allies, said expert Gressel.

Hypersonic weapons are considered a special advantage for Russia because Western powers have not invested much in strategic missiles in many years.

Concerned about the ability of Russian missiles to penetrate the shield, US lawmakers asked the Pentagon to submit a report on efforts to narrow the gap with Moscow in its efforts to develop hypersonic weapons.

`We are worried about the current inability of US radar systems to detect, track and intercept growing threats from hypersonic weapons,` US lawmakers emphasized.

Missiles cannot intercept Russia, making the US worried

Russia’s Admiral Gorshkov corvette test-fired the Zircon hypersonic missile in the White Sea in December 2020.

Vautravers said that the test launch of a hypersonic missile from a nuclear submarine was a demonstration of strength consistent with Russia’s approach and seemed to start a new strategic arms race with the United States.

`Russia is the only country that has demonstrated the ability to operate this weapon effectively. The US has test-launched hypersonic missiles, but from its own launch pad instead of a warship like a submarine, while the hypersonic program

However, this expert believes that Russia’s hypersonic missile capabilities should not be overestimated after this test, because in addition to successful firing, the missile must also fly at extremely high speeds without

`Russia has proven that missiles can fly, but there is no evidence that they can adjust their trajectory in the air,` Gressel said.

The video released by the Russian Ministry of Defense only focuses on the scene of the missile leaving the Severodvinsk submarine with a rather blurry image.

However, experts believe that the Zircon test from a Russian submarine will make the US need to quickly demonstrate its ability to completely master hypersonic missile production technology, because this could be the factor that changes the situation.

Efforts to develop a US missile defense system since the 1980s have failed to achieve the goal of creating a shield capable of blocking any type of missile.

According to Vautravers, if Russia masters hypersonic weapons technology, the US will have to choose to focus on developing an interception system or making hypersonic missiles its new priority.

Missiles cannot intercept Russia, making the US worried

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