Russia is to build 12 ships for Zircon hypersonic missiles

Each of the ships will carry 48 missiles – the type that no present-day missile defense system can stop.

Russia plans to build 12 modernized Project 22350M frigates, each of which will loaded up with up to 48 Kalibr, Onyx and Zircon cruise missiles, Russian media reported in mid-May, citing sources in the defense industry.

“The flagship frigate in the series is planned to be handed over to the Navy in 2027,” a source in the shipbuilding industry said.

A technical prototype of the ship, with a displacement of 7,000 tons, will be unveiled before the end of 2019. Each of the new ships is expected to have launch chambers that can accommodate three types of the most advanced Russian sea-launched missiles: the Kalibr, Onyx and Zircon.
“In total, 12 of these frigates are to be built, 11 of which will be handed over to the Russian NAVY under the new state armament program,” the source said.
In addition, the ships will have their own missile defense system, the Poliment-Redut, with ammunition capacity of up to 100 missiles, as well as anti-submarine and torpedo weapons.
The Russian Baltic Fleet already has a Project 22350 ship (but without the letter ‘M’, which stands for ‘modernized’), the Admiral Gorshkov.
“It’s a good ship and now engineers must come up with ways to modernize it. First of all, this applies to its weapons, which capacity should increase to the above mentioned 48 missiles. It has also been decided to equip this and subsequent series of ships with a single universal automated fire control system,” a former military analyst with the Izvestia newspaper, Dmitry Safonov, told Russia Beyond.
He went on to add that the ship’s current ammunition consists of just 16 missiles, while its dimensions are about half of the post-upgrade target figures (currently the displacement of Project 22350 ships is only 4,500 tons).

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