The Russian warship the Admiral Gorshkov which is carrying the lethal “unstoppable” nuclear capable Zircon hypersonic missiles is heading towards the British Isles as it is moving through the Norwegian Sea.
Norway’s Armed Forces have said the Russian warship is legally in international waters, but due to the types of weaponry known to be on board they are “closely monitoring any movements.”
Commodore Trond Gimmingsrud, Chief of the Norwegian Navy said, “It is completely legitimate for Russians to sail in international waters.
“We have a good overview of what is happening outside our coast.”
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Norwegian commanders have said that Russian behaviour has historically been “professional,” even when Russian vessels were shadowing Norwegian and British patrols in the Barents sea in 2022.
Vladimir Putin said on 4 January as the Admiral Gorshkov set sail from the Severomorsk port, “Today we have an important, if not landmark, event: the frigate Admiral Gorshkov is departing for a long-distance naval mission.
“There is nothing unusual here, this is common practice; but this time the ship is equipped with the cutting-edge Zircon hypersonic missile system, which has no analogue.
“I know that such powerful weapons will make it possible to reliably defend Russia from potential external threats and will help ensure our national interests.”
The Russian drills are reportedly to “test the air defence circuit, air and electronic lighting systems, anti-aircraft fire systems, tactical camouflage electronic warfare systems and air defence circuit control systems.”
Last week Putin said the Zircon hypersonic missile is a “unique weapon” and there is no other “equivalent in any country in the world.”
The Zircon hypersonic missile can travel at Mach 9 or 7,000mph and Moscow has boasted that it cannot be seen on radar.
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.”
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.”