The promising hypersonic rocket “Zircon” will be made of carbon-carbon structural material such as KIMF, which will provide thermal protection of weapons, writes Avia.pro.
According to the agency’s source, this decision “will not only reduce the weight of the missile design, but also make it possible to make it an inconspicuous target for air defense and missile defense systems” of the enemy.
In September, Popular Mechanics magazine reported that if the Zircon would fly at an altitude of about 61 meters, then the American radar AN / SPY-1 could only detect it at a distance of about 55 kilometers, which gives less than 20 seconds to intercept a missile .
In September, The Drive newspaper, citing documents declassified by the Central Intelligence Agency regarding the high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft A-12 Oxcart, reported that Zircon could also use a stealth plasma shield to provide radar stealth, which, in particular, can be used as fuel additives of alkali metals, for example, cesium.
According to open sources, KIMF is a three-dimensionally reinforced carbon-carbon composite material, which is distinguished by high ablative, elastic-strength and thermal properties. The manufacturer is the Chelyabinsk Plant of Carbon and Composite Materials (part of Rosatom). KIMF is used, in particular, in the manufacture of the tip of the warhead of a liquid three-stage ballistic missile of R-29RM submarines.
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