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Admiral Golovko frigate to be first armed ship of Tsirkon.

| 2021

According to information published by Tass on July 12, 2021, Admiral Golovko, the Russian Navy’s third Admiral Gorshkov-class frigate (Project 22350), will become the first carrier of Tsirkon hypersonic missiles, a defense industry source told.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001Admiral Golvko frigate firing Tsirkon hypersonic missile (Picture source: Tass)

The Admiral Golovko, the third Project 22350 frigate, was laid on February 1, 2012, and floated out on May 22, 2020. The Admiral Gorshkov and the Admiral Kasatonov frigates are already operational. Another six frigates are under construction.

Frigates of project 22350 are designated to fight submarines and warships in oceans and seas and to repel air attacks both independently and within formations. The hull of the frigates is flush-decked. It has a three-island superstructure, one mast-turret and one steel funnel. Stealth technologies were used in the construction to make the warship practically invisible for the radars of the potential adversary. Full displacement is 5000 tons, the length is 135 meters. The speed is 29 knots. The crew comprises over 170 men. Diesel gas-turbine power plant has a capacity of 65000 horsepower. It can carry Ka-27 helicopter or its modifications.

The main weapons comprise two 16-cell universal vertical launchers 3S-14 for Kalibr missiles. The Admiral Gorshkov, the project’s lead ship, is taking part in Tsirkon trials.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Tsirkon missiles, capable of developing a speed of about Mach 9 and with striking range capability exceeding 1,000 km, will enter combat duty in Russia soon.

The Tsirkonor Zircon is a Russian-made hypersonic missile designed to be launched by a ship and able to travel at speeds of between Mach 6 and Mach 8. The missile is reportedly capable of striking both ground and naval targets. According to Russian military sources, it has a range of between approximately 250 (400 km) and 600 miles (965 km) and can be fired from the vertical launch systems mounted on cruisers Admiral Nakhimov and Pyotr Veliky, Project 20380 corvettes, Project 22350 frigates, and Project 885 Yasen-class submarines, among other platforms.

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