Head and General Designer of NPO Mashinostroyenia (part of Tactical Missiles Corporation) Alexander Leonov refused to answer journalists’ questions about the flight distance of the hypersonic cruise aircraft Zircon missiles. This is reported by RIA News.
Commenting on rumors that the maximum range of the Zircon is 900 kilometers, he jokingly responded with the phrase “God knows.”
In February 2022, the frigate commander “Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov” captain first rank Igor Krokhmal stated, that the flight range of the Zircon surface-launched hypersonic missile is 1,500 kilometers. “If we take 1,000 kilometers and divide by the speed of Mach 9, we get a flight time of 580-620 seconds,” he added.