GENERICO.ruWorldSource: the submarine "Chelyabinsk" will be converted into a carrier "Zirkons"

Source: the submarine “Chelyabinsk” will be converted into a carrier “Zirkons”

MOSCOW, Dec 14 The nuclear submarine of project 949A (code “Antey”) “Chelyabinsk” will be converted into a carrier of cruise missiles “Onyx” and “Zircon” under the project 949AM, work on the ship will begin after the completion of the modernization of the submarine of the same type “Irkutsk”, a source in the shipbuilding industry told RIA Novosti . “The preliminary date for the start of the active phase for the main stages of repair and modernization at Chelyabinsk is 2022, immediately after completion of work at K-132 Irkutsk. universal launchers for launching missiles “Onyx” and “Zircon”, its combat potential will increase many times over, “the source said. for insufficient funding. ” name hypersonic missiles “Zircon”. The plans to modernize Chelyabinsk to the level of 949AM, implying the replacement of the missile system, were not previously officially announced. The media called Russian weapons capable of destroying American cities “Chelyabinsk” was laid down in 1987 under Project 949A and launched in 1990. It is part of the Pacific Fleet. The Antey submarines 949A were developed at the Rubin Central Design Bureau of Marine Engineering. In 1985-1996, 11 submarines of this class were built. Submarines have an underwater displacement of about 24 thousand tons, their maximum length is 155 meters. The main armament of Project 949A submarines is the 24 Granit supersonic anti-ship missiles. The Zircon is the world's first hypersonic cruise missile capable of continuous aerodynamic flight with maneuvering in the atmosphere using the thrust of its own engine. Its maximum speed reaches M = 9 (nine times the speed of sound, more than ten thousand kilometers per hour), the maximum firing range is one thousand kilometers. They want to arm surface and submarine ships, both promising and under construction, with “Zircons”. “They know and are afraid.” Major General of the Reserve on tests of the Zircon missile


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