Military experts said that the new missiles could limit the capabilities of the US Navy and NATO warships. The fact is that hypersonic missiles can fly five times faster than the speed of sound. And this makes it almost impossible to intercept them. At the same time, the Zircon can reach speeds of up to Mach 8-9.
Also “Zircon” has a range of up to thousands of kilometers. Thus, if used from a ship or submarine, you can hit targets in the United States or NATO countries.
Experts added that the Zircon coastal batteries, together with the S-300 and S-400 surface-to-air missiles in the Crimea or the Baltic states, could create a “powerful umbrella” that would prevent the infiltration of US and NATO warships and aircraft.