Russia's two hypersonic missiles want to exceed Mach 10 and exceed 10,000 kilometers per hour
- Published: December 31, 2019
- Source: Xinhuanet
Russia ’s Deputy Minister of Defense Alexey Krivoruchko said on December 28 that military experts plan to increase the speed of two Russian hypersonic missiles to more than Mach 10, which is 10 times the speed of sound.
Krivoruchko told the Red Star reporter that the speed of the "dagger" and "zircon" hypersonic missiles will exceed Mach 10, which is 7,600 miles per hour (about 12,200 kilometers).
"Hypersonic weapons are made to launch them from air ('dagger'), land and sea ('zircon') vehicles," he said. "The development of key technologies is being advanced to ensure increased flight speeds ... Range and accuracy. "
In addition, Krivoruchko disclosed that the "Pioneer" hypersonic missile has begun mass production, and the Ministry of Defense will retrofit this type of missile for the Strategic Missile Corps stationed in Kozhelisk.
The day before, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that the "Pioneer" missiles will begin combat duty on the 27th.
Russian President Vladimir Putin disclosed a number of advanced weapons such as "pioneer" in his State of the Union address on March 1, 2018. He mentioned these weapons again on the 24th, saying that the Russian army has been equipped with "dagger", "Peresvet" laser weapon systems and "caliber" cruise missiles; began to equip "pioneer"; the development of other weapon systems is progressing as planned, These include the "Zircon", "Salmat" intercontinental missiles, "Poseidon" nuclear-powered unmanned aerial vehicles, and "Haiyan" nuclear-powered cruise missiles. (Zheng Haoning) [Xinhua News Agency Special]