Russia To Equip New Nuclear Submarines With Hypersonic Missiles

Russia's largest shipbuilder showed support to Russia in the process of equipping its new nuclear submarines.

11:16 AM WAT, Mon August 14, 2023

The head of Russia's largest shipbuilder, Alexei Rakhmanov has told reporters in an interview published on Monday, that Russia is in the process of equipping its new nuclear submarines with hypersonic Zircon missiles.

He said; ”Multi-purpose nuclear submarines of the Yasen-M project will be equipped with the Zircon missile system on a regular basis,”. "Work in this direction is already underway."

Access24 reports that Yasen-class submarines, also known as Project 885M, are nuclear-powered cruise missile submarines, built to replace Soviet-era nuclear attack submarines as part of a programme to modernise the army and fleet.

The sea-based Zircon hypersonic missiles have a range of 900 km (560 miles), and can travel at several times the speed of sound, making it difficult to defend against them.

Meanwhile, President Vladimir Putin said earlier this year that Russia would start mass supplies of Zircon missiles as part of the country's efforts to boost its nuclear forces.

The Russian multi-purposes frigate Admiral Gorshkov, which has tested its strike capabilities in the western Atlantic Ocean earlier this year, was already equipped with Zircon missiles.