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Tsyrkon

Anti-ship and land attack cruise missile

Tsyrkon hypersonic missile

The Russian 3M22 Tsyrkon hypersonic cruise missile is one of the fastest missiles in the world

 
 
Country of origin Russia
Entered service ?
Missile
Missile length 8 ~ 10 m
Missile diameter ~ 0.7 m
Fin span ?
Missile weight ~ 3 000 kg
Warhead weight 300 - 400 kg
Warhead type Conventional / Nuclear
Range of fire over 500 km

 

   The 3M22 Tsyrkon (zircon) is a new Russian hypersonic anti-ship missile which is capable of carrying nuclear warhead. It is known in the West as the SS-N-33. First known trials of this missile took place in 2016. In 2017 reports emerged that the Tsyrkon was trialed on naval platforms. This new hypersonic missile was officially announced in 2018. It was first successfully tested in 2020. This missile should become operational within the next couple of years.

   The Tsyrkon was designed to engage surface ships, carrier battle groups, as well as land-based targets. Initial launch platforms for this missile are surface ships and submarines. It can be launched from the same containers as the recent Russian P-800 Oniks and Kalibr cruise missiles. It is deployed on Admiral Gorshkov class frigates and other warships. Currently the Tsyrkon anti-ship missiles are being fitted to Admiral Nakhimov battlecruiser and modernized Oscar II class submarines. This new hypersonic missile replaces in service the P-700 Granit (Western reporting name SS-N-19 or Shipwreck) anti-ship missiles. The new missile is much smaller and lighter than the P-700 Granit. Judging by its size, two or even three Tsyrkon missiles could be carried for each P-700 Granit missile. This allow to carry more missiles. This new hypersonic missile could be easily adapted for other ground-based and even aerial launch platforms. In 2019 it was reported that a ground-based system with Tsyrkon missiles is being developed.

   The Tsyrkon can be used against warships, as well as surface targets. In 2020 this missile demonstrated a range of over 500 km. Some sources claim that it might have a range of up to 1 000, depending on the target type. This missile travels at a speed of Mach 8 (9 878 km/h). It is one of the fastest cruise missiles in the world. Furthermore this missile is maneuvering. This make it hard to intercept for air defense systems.

   The Tsyrkon can carry 300-400 kg conventional or low-yield nuclear warhead. Its nuclear warhead could potentially generate around 250 kT.

   This missile uses inertial navigation system, most likely with GLONASS update. In terminal stage it uses infrared guidance. The missile can be corrected during its flight.

 

Variants

 

   BRAHMOS II is a proposed downgraded export version. It is planned that the new missile will attain speed of up to Mach 7 (8 575 km/h). It will have a range of 290-300 km.

 

 
Tsyrkon hypersonic missile

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Tsyrkon hypersonic missile

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Tsyrkon hypersonic missile

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BRAHMOS II hypersonic missile

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