According to the Russian Russian Deputy Minister of Defense Alexey Krivoruchko, after conducting test-fires from the submarines, state trials of the Tsirkon hypersonic missile will be completed in 2021.
He also noted that the Tsirkon missile was fired from the Admiral Gorshkov frigate during the design trials, achieving the speed of over Mach 8.
“These positive results make it possible to begin the next trial stage: firing from submarine carriers. The state trials are expected to end in 2021, and serial shipment should begin in 2022,” the Deputy Minister said.
The 13th Missile Division of the Strategic Missile Forces continued its rearmament to the newest Avangard missile system. In December, two missiles with hypersonic glide payload entered service in December 2020.
In December 2020, the Vladimir Monomakh strategic submarine cruiser fired a salvo of four Bulava missiles from the Sea of Okhotsk. The carrier and the weapons performed as expected, completing the firing mission in full.
“We have confirmed the quality and reliability of the serial batches,” the Deputy Minister said.
The U.S. couldn’t find a proven solution against the hypersonic missiles.