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Russian Navy to receive frigate with hypersonic weapons in the years 2025-2026

The frigates of project 22350 "Admiral Yumashev" and "Admiral Spiridonov" with a hypersonic weapon will be built for the Russian Navy in the years 2025-2026, told RIA Novosti on Thursday the head of the United shipbuilding Corporation (USC) Alexey Rakhmanov.

These ships were laid to "Severnaya Verf" in St. Petersburg on July 20. The Minister of industry and trade Denis Manturov said on the bet that these frigates will be armed with hypersonic weapons.

"The construction of these ships will last 4.5 years, the fleet will get them at the turn of the 2025-2026 years," - said Rakhmanov.

However, he noted that the number of missile silos on these frigates can be increased from 16 to 24.

Hypersonic missile "Zircon" will have a speed of Mach 9 (at nine times the speed of sound) and range over thousands of kilometers. According to the plan, the weapons complex will be adopted in the years 2020-21. In addition to the shipping version, President Vladimir Putin mentioned the development of "Zircon" land-based.