Vladimir Putin will unleash “unstoppable” hypersonic Zircon missiles during his upcoming war games with China and South Africa.
The new nuclear-capable Mach-9 Zircon missiles, traveling at speeds of nearly 11,000 km/h, are being fired from the Russian warship Admiral Gorshkov during naval exercises off the coast of South Africa.
The missile’s “training launch,” one of the world’s deadliest weapons, will be aimed at a “surface target” more than 310 miles away.
The impending launch of the deadly missiles comes after the Admiral Gorshkov performed an “electronic” launch onto an “enemy surface target” last week while sailing in the western Atlantic off the coast of the United States.
The Zircon missiles are now also being launched from the Russian frigate during naval exercises between Russia, China and South Africa in the Indian Ocean.
Vladimir Putin will unleash “unstoppable” hypersonic Zircon missiles during his upcoming war games with China and South Africa. Pictured: This image shows a Zircon hypersonic cruise missile being launched from the Gorshkov out of the Barents Sea on May 28, 2022
The imminent launch of the deadly missiles follows Admiral Gorshkov, who performed an “electronic” launch onto an “enemy surface target” last week while sailing in the western Atlantic off the coast of the United States
The three nations will take part in the war games on February 17-27 off the east coast of South Africa near the cities of Durban and Richards Bay.
“During the upcoming exercise with the navies of South Africa and China, a training launch of a Zircon hypersonic missile will be conducted, the first-ever during an event of this type,” a source told the Russian state news agency TASS.
The Gorshkov was closely monitored by the NATO Navy on her mission, armed with the Mach 9 weapon with a speed of 6,670 mph and a maximum range of 625 miles.
The frigate also carries Kalibr missiles, a type used in the Russian war in Ukraine.
It emerged last month that the warship had staged war games and performed an electronic launch of the Zircon missiles off the US coast after deviating from its course.
Terrifying footage showed the Russian Navy preparing for a nuclear launch as the hatch opened to prepare for launch of the deadly missile.
“The electronic launch and the work of the ship combat team confirmed the designed characteristics of the missile system, which were demonstrated during preliminary and state tests,” said the ship’s captain Igor Krokhmal at the time.
Earlier last month, the frigate was escorted through British waters by the Royal Navy, and French and Spanish ships then escorted her across the Atlantic.
Launch of an “unstoppable” nuclear-capable Zircon hypersonic missile from the frigate Admiral Gorshkov
Pictured: A sailor is on duty aboard the frigate Admiral Gorshkov
The Russian frigate “Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov”, armed with Zircon (Zircon) hypersonic weapons, leaves the naval base in Severomorsk on January 4
The Gorshkov, on her first mission, set sail from Severomorsk on January 4.
Putin has previously claimed that the Zircon missiles have “no equivalent in the world” and their arrival comes at a much-needed time for Russia after several setbacks in Ukraine.
After the ship put to sea on its first mission Jan. 4, the ship immediately fired a test launch of nuclear-capable, state-of-the-art Zircon missiles into the Barents Sea, hitting a target 620 miles away in the White Sea, the Kremlin claimed.
Putin could hardly contain his delight at the announcement of the news last month, when he said: “I am sure that such powerful weapons will allow Russia to be reliably protected from potential external threats and will help protect the national interests of our country to protect the country.”
It emerged last month that the warship had staged war games and performed an electronic launch of the Zircon missiles off the US coast after deviating from its course
The President proudly said it was an “important, if not significant, event” when the ship set sail in a task force from Severomorsk.
Moscow has boasted that the Gorshkov is “the most dangerous enemy of surface ships on the world seas” now that it is armed with the new hypersonic missile.
The frigate’s captain, Igor Krokhmal, previously said: “No one will see the missile launch or its flight.
“You will only see when the missile hits the target.
“A surface target, a coastal target. I don’t think there will be anything to counter that in the next few years.”
The ship is scheduled to reach the Indian Ocean in two weeks to join navies from China and Russia for military exercises.
Taking place around the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, the drills will put greater focus on pressure from Russia and China for global influence and the refusal of South Africa – a leading voice on its continent – to deal with the West and condemn Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
South Africa’s government said it took a neutral stance on Ukraine and called for dialogue and diplomacy, but upcoming naval drills have prompted the country’s main opposition party to accuse the government of effectively siding with Russia.