Vladimir Putin has put “Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov” on combat duty which is armed with nuclear capable “Zircon hypersonic missiles” is heading to the Atlantic Ocean.
The hypersonic missiles travel at speeds of almost 7,000 mph which is so fast no radar would be able to detect them as they would be invisible.
The Russian tyrant made the announcement on Wednesday in a video conference with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Igor Krokhmal.
Krokhmal is the Captain of the frigate, which is named “Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov.”
The Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said in a warning to the West and NATO, “This ship, armed with ‘Zircons’, is capable of delivering pinpoint and powerful strikes against the enemy at sea and on land.”
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Putin warned, “This time the ship is equipped with the latest hypersonic missile system – ‘Zircon’ – which has no analogues.”
He added, “I would like to wish the crew of the ship success in their service for the good of the Motherland.”
The director of the Crisis Research Institute, Mark Almond, told Newsweek that the Zircon hypersonic missiles are “part of Putin’s saber-rattling to distract the West from his ongoing operations in south-east Ukraine.”
Almond added, “That said, the West is inhibited by Putin’s silent nuclear blackmail from going too far in helping Ukraine.
“The Kremlin wants to win a limited war against the West inside Ukraine and the West wants to defeat Russia in a limited war inside Ukraine.”
The Russian frigate Admiral Gorshkov armed with “unstoppable” nuclear capable “Tsirkon hypersonic missiles on board” can travel at the speed of Mach 9 will lead a naval task force past the UK’s coastline.
A source who is close to the Russian Defence Ministry told Russia’s state news agency TASS, “It will perform its combat tasks in the Mediterranean Sea, with Tsirkon hypersonic missiles on board.”
Oleg Gladkiy, commander of the Russian Northern Fleet’s missile vessels, said, “The ship is armed with cruise missiles, including long-range and hypersonic Zircon missiles.
“Of course, this carries a certain responsibility.”
Putin previously hailed the “newest [nuclear] missiles fired from the sea at sea targets, and land targets.
“The tests were carried out successfully, flawlessly.
“This is a big event for our country, a significant step in improving Russia’s security, in increasing (our) defence capability.”
Putin added that the Zirkon missiles are in “serial production,” and he described the missiles as “truly unparalleled … in the world.”
The Russian Defence Ministry’s own channel, TV Zvezda said, “The speed of the Zircon hypersonic missile is so high that it prevents the opponent’s air defence system from detecting its impact in time.
“In fact, its launch will be known only after the target has been hit.”
Previously, the frigate’s Captain Igor Krokhmal has said, “No one will see the missile launch or its flight.
“They 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 this in the next few years.”