Russia is developing a promising air-launched hypersonic missile. It, in particular, can be used by a strategic bomber created under the PAK DA program.
Bombers of the Russian Aerospace Forces will receive a promising long-range hypersonic missile X-95 in the future. This was reported by RIA Novosti with reference to the head of the military academy of the General Staff, Colonel-General Vladimir Zarudnitsky.
According to him, the most important condition for successful military operations is dominance in the aerospace sphere. This requires the effective use of strike and fighter aircraft.
According to a source in the defense industry, the new hypersonic missile is intended for Tu-22M3M and Tu-160M bombers, as well as a promising machine created under the PAK DA program (Advanced Long-Range Aviation Complex). He noted that prototypes of the product have already been tested from an air carrier.
In winter, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that hypersonic systems are seen as the basis of Russian non-nuclear deterrent forces.
The country already has the Dagger airborne system in service, which, with certain reservations, can be called “hypersonic”. The carrier is the upgraded MiG-31K fighter. It is possible that in the future, weapons will be integrated into the armament of other air carriers.
In addition, Russia is actively working on a promising sea-based hypersonic missile "Zircon". The next tests of the complex became known in July: the frigate of Project 22350 was the carrier.
The characteristics of the rocket are not known for certain, but during recent tests it developed a speed of M = 7, and the flight range exceeded 350 kilometers (in some cases it was stated that the maximum range of the product could exceed 1000 kilometers).
A variety of surface ships and submarines of the Russian Navy should become the carrier of "Zircon". In particular, they will be equipped with a new project 885M fourth-generation multipurpose submarine.
Great efforts are being made by the United States to create a new hypersonic weapon. Among the priorities is the Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon, an air-launched missile.
The Americans have recently tested this weapon again. As with the first flight tests in the spring, they ended unsuccessfully. The rocket engine did not turn on after the product was dropped. The carrier was a B-52 bomber.