A Russian frigate armed with Zircon hypersonic missiles will take part in joint exercises in South Africa in February, according to TASS.
A Russian warship armed with hypersonic cruise weapons will take part in exercises with the Chinese and South African navies in February, according to Russian news agency TASS.
Monday’s report was the first official mention of the participation of the Russian frigate Admiral of the Soviet Union’s fleet Gorshkov.
The frigate is armed with Zircon missiles, which fly at nine times the speed of sound and have a range of over 1,000 km (620 miles).
Missiles are the centerpiece of Russia’s hypersonic arsenal, with the Avangard gliding vehicle entering combat service in 2019.
“‘Admiral Gorshkov’…will travel to the logistics support point in Tartous in Syria and then participate in joint naval exercises with the Chinese and South African navies,” TASS said in its report, citing a source. unidentified tusk.
The South African National Defense Force said the drills would take place from February 17-26 near the port cities of Durban and Richards Bay on South Africa’s east coast.
He said on Thursday that the joint exercise aims “to strengthen the already flourishing relationship between South Africa, Russia and China”.
The exercise will be the second involving the three countries in South Africa, following an exercise in 2019, the defense force added.
The Gorshkov held drills in the Norwegian Sea earlier this month after President Vladimir Putin sent it to the Atlantic Ocean to signal to the West that Russia would not back down from war in Ukraine.
Putin has previously said that the frigate and its Zircon missiles have “no analogues in the world”.
The Russian president sees the weapons as a way to break through the increasingly sophisticated missile defenses of the United States.
Russia, the United States and China are in a race to develop hypersonic weapons, seen as a way to gain an advantage over any adversary due to their speed and maneuverability, characteristics that make them more difficult to attack. detect.