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The frigate practised delivering the hypersonic missile strike against a maritime target at a distance of more than 900km away.

Russian frigate Admiral Flota Sovetskogo Soyuza Gorshkov (Admiral Gorshkov) undertook computer simulation exercises with Tsirkon hypersonic missile while operating in the areas of the western part of the Atlantic Ocean.

For the first time, the Russian Defense Ministry released a video footage on 25 January that showed the frigate carrying out an electronic launch of the missile, reported Russian news agency Tass.

In the video, Admiral Gorshkov commander Captain 1st Rank Igor Krokhmal said: “Today a shipborne combat training exercise was held to practice delivering a missile strike against an enemy surface target. The Tsirkon hypersonic weapon was employed to a distance of over 900 km.”

The objective of the electronic missile launch has been completely achieved, the commander said.

He further added: “In our scenario, the electronic launch and the work by the shipborne combat team confirmed the missile system’s designed characteristics demonstrated during preliminary and state trials.”

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The frigate of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov equipped with Tsirkon hypersonic missiles undertook its long-distance deployment on 4 January 2023.

A multi-purpose, modern vessel designed to operate in distant maritime and oceanic areas, Admiral Gorshkov frigate comes equipped with guided missiles.

Equipped with Tsirkon missile, the frigate can carry out strikes at any offshore and onshore targets.

Tsirkon missiles have the capability of overcoming any kinds of modern air or missile defence systems.

The frigate has been involved in testing Tsirkon hypersonic missile, which was designed and manufactured by the Reutov-based Research and Production Association of Machine-Building, a part of the Tactical Missiles Corporation.

Earlier, the warship carried out air defence drills in the Norwegian Sea, after which it sailed to the Atlantic Ocean for undertaking assigned missions.

Admiral Gorshkov will take part in a host of joint exercises off the coast of South Africa with the South African Navy and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy in February 2023.

It was built at the Severnaya Verf Shipyard, which is a part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation.

In July 2018, the warship joined the Russian Navy. Last year December, the frigate undertook an inter-fleet transit and reached the main naval base of the Northern Fleet of Severomorsk following its regular maintenance at the Kronshtadt Marine Plant.