The Gorchkov frigate equipped with the hypersonic missile sailed near the French coast

Leaving from the port of Murmansk, the frigate Gorchkov was seen off the coast of Boulogne-sur-Mer. Closely followed by NATO troops, it has the Zircon hypersonic missile on board.

Its passage was expected and closely observed by the French Navy. During the night of Wednesday to Thursday, the Russian frigate Admiral Gorchkov passed a short distance from Boulogne-sur-Mer in the Strait of Pas de Calais. Special feature of this ship: it is armed with the Zircon, a hypersonic stealth missile capable of crossing the planet at Mach 9.

“We followed it and followed it well. There are transfers of authority followed by NATO from the North Sea to the English Channel with a transfer when it arrives south of the Bay of Biscay”, explained to us the General Staff of the Armies.

The ship was first spotted by a Norwegian Navy surveillance plane. As it traveled, it was under the surveillance of the Royal Navy, the Belgian Navy and the Marine Nationale.

To the Mediterranean

Leaving from the port of Murmansk, the frigate is also identified thanks to the AIS transponder of the oil tanker which escorts it. This obligatory beacon on commercial ships over 15 meters allows to identify the movements of the boats.

But the route had been officially announced by the Russian military command, which announced a few days ago that it was going to the Atlantic Ocean, then to the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean.

Its exit with the Zircon cruise missiles is a threat that Western countries take very seriously. After Vladimir Putin’s announcement of his departure, Dmitry Medvedev, vice-president of the Russian Security Council, proposed to position it “185 kilometers from the” American coast”, recalls The voice of the North.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told him that his mission is to prevent possible threats against Russia and maintain “regional peace and stability together with friendly countries”.

Pascal Samama

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