3M22 Tzirkon hypersonic missile tested from Severodvinsk nuclear submarine

While the Tzirkon 3M22 hypersonic anti-ship missile test campaign was crowned with success in September with the 10th successful firing from the Admiral Gorshkov frigate after a campaign started in February 2020, the Russian authorities announced that the tests of implementation of the new missile from submarine would begin in October. It will hardly have been necessary to be patient since on October 4, the Russian Navy announced that it had carried out the first two firings of this test phase, both from the nuclear missile submarine Severodvinsk, the first unit of the Iassen class. of project 885,…

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With Admiral Nakhimov, Russia will have the most powerfully armed cruiser in 2023

The Soviet Kirov-class nuclear cruisers were, when they entered service in 1980, considered the most powerful surface naval units in existence, with the exception of aircraft carriers, and forced the US Navy to recommission 4 Missouri-class WWII battleship, to try to balance things out. Heavily armed, with nuclear propulsion and a crew of 800 officers and sailors, these ships had unparalleled firepower until the collapse of the Soviet Union. Over the next 30 years, two of the cruisers, the Kirov renamed Admiral Ushakov, and the Frunze renamed Admiral Lazarev, were retired…

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Will the Kazan nuclear missile submarine be the nightmare of Western navies?

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the new Kazan nuclear missile submarine, second unit of the Iassen class but first unit of the project 885-M Iassen-M variant, would have been admitted to active service this Friday, May 7, and would have joined the Russian Navy to be deployed within the Northern Fleet. Despite the construction delays and a delivery postponed for 2 years, the arrival of this new submarine seems to worry the Western General Staff, concerned about the offensive capabilities of the new submersible, but also about its great discretion. And indeed, the Kazan, along with the other 7 submarines of the Iassen-M variant at…

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Are aircraft carriers now too vulnerable to be useful?

Since the announcement of the launch of the French New Generation Aircraft Carrier program by the President of the Republic, many voices have been raised to question the relevance of such an investment, particularly in the face of the threat represented by, now, long-range hypersonic anti-ship missiles, such as the Russian 3M22 Tzirkon, or the Chinese DF26. According to them, and according to others, particularly in the United States, such behemoths of the seas are easily located, and therefore constitute prime targets for new enemy anti-ship missiles. However, a factual and objective analysis of the capabilities offered by aircraft carriers, as well as the reality of…

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Russia simultaneously begins construction of 2 frigates, 2 nuclear submarines and 2 assault helicopter carriers

We know that the Russian Defense is skilful when it comes to communication, and that it is not stingy with symbols. In this regard, this July 16, 2020 will be a milestone for the Russian Navy, since the keel-laying ceremonies of two frigates from the extended Admiral Gorshkov project 22350, two nuclear submarines from the 885-M Iassen, and two project 23900 assault helicopter carriers. In a single day, the Russian Navy launches 6 major ocean-going ships, which is as much, if not more, than many Western navies have. and European. In recent decades, the Navy...

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Will Russia take over the Western fleets with the Tsirkon missile?

According to the Tass agency citing sources close to the North-Western Federal Defense District, Russia will conduct a new test of the 3M22 Tsirkon hypersonic anti-ship missile before the end of the year. According to several statements by Russian officials made this year, including Vladimir Putin himself, the Tsirkon missile will soon equip Gremyashchiy corvettes of project 20385, Udaloy destroyers after modernization (the example given is the destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov being modernized) , as well as the Antey submarines of the project 949-A. In reality, designed to be able to be launched from the same silo as that which allows the long cruise missiles to be fired…

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The Admiral Gorshkov Frigates mark the renewal of the naval industry and the Russian Navy

After a construction that will have taken nearly 10 years, the Admiral Kasanotov frigate, the first production unit of the Admiral Gorshkov class project 22350, has begun its sea trials for the Russian Navy, before entering service which should take place before the end of the year. After nearly three decades of lean cows and difficulties, the forthcoming entry into service of the new frigate marks the return of the Russian military naval industry to the market for high seas units, and allows the Russian Navy to begin the renewal of its ships inherited from the Soviet period. With a gauge...

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The "Super Gorshkov" program becomes clearer

According to an article by the TASS agency, the future "heavy" frigates of the 22350M "Super Gorshkov" project will be equipped with 48 "long" missiles, namely a mix of Kalibr cruise missiles, Onyx anti-ship missiles, and Zirkon hypersonic missiles, as well as a Poliment-Redut system, a naval version of the S350 which enters service this year in the Russian forces, equipped with 100 missiles. If these values ​​are confirmed, these frigates will therefore be equipped with almost 150 missiles in a silo, for a building weighing "only" 7000 tons, i.e. the equivalent of the Horizon frigates of the French Navy, which carry 48 Aster anti-aircraft missiles in silos and…

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