Russia’s New Nuclear Torpedo Could Have the Capacity to Consume US Cities

One of the most recent and advanced weapons in Russia, an underwater drone carrying torpedoes, could have the ability to unleash nuclear destruction in a new and devastating way.

Russian President Vladimir Putin officially revealed the existence of an unmanned submersible military vehicle during his State of the Union speech in the Russian parliament on March 1. The Russian leader said that in December, his scientists had successfully completed tests of “an innovative nuclear power unit” 100 times smaller than existing submarine reactors, but more powerful and able to reach its maximum capacity 200 times faster.

He said that the drone could move in “extreme depths, intercontinental, at a speed several times faster than the speed of submarines, avant-garde torpedoes and all kinds of surface ships, including some of the fastest,” adding that Submersible devices “are silent, highly maneuverable and hardly have any vulnerability that the enemy could exploit. There is simply nothing in the world that can cope with them. ”

Putin then confirmed what many experts and officials had long suspected, that the submarine drone, which was later called Poseidon after a contest, would have the ability to “carry conventional or nuclear warheads, which allows them to face several objectives, including aircraft groups, coastal fortifications and infrastructure. ”

Plans for such a weapon were first reported by The Washington Free Beacon in September 2015. Citing Pentagon sources, the article said that Russia built submarines armed with nuclear drones called “city destroyers” with “tens” of megatons (MT ) of explosive power and capable of travelling long distances at high speed. The Pentagon nicknamed “Kanyon” to the project.

Two months later, in November 2015, the Russian state media channel NTV transmitted nuclear submarine drone plans entitled “Multipurpose System Oceanic Status-6”, allegedly by accident, during the coverage of Putin’s visit to officials of defence in Sochi. The presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov then admitted the error but did not go into details of the project itself.

“It’s true, some classified information was captured by the camera and subsequently erased. We hope this does not happen again, “Peskov told the Russian news agency Interfax at the time. “We will take preventive measures to make sure this does not happen again.”

It was not known much after this, until Victor Baranetz, defence commentator and retired Russian colonel, stated in an article for the Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda that Moscow had a plan to detonate nuclear bombs planted under the US coasts in revenge for the global missile shield of the United States. Even though the author does not mention radioactive tsunamis, a number of British channels did, some of which have deleted their articles since then, according to Business Insider, which cited Newsweek coverage of Baranetz’s claims. The Kremlin then denied the plot.

Business Insider also cited Greg Spriggs, a nuclear physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. He dubbed the idea of tsunamis induced by “completely stupid” nuclear explosions. After more evidence of the “end of the world” weapon was revealed in the Pentagon’s Nuclear Posture Review and Putin’s own speech in March, Business Insider published a follow-up article on Tuesday, in which Spriggs reiterated his description of the weapon as “stupid” and a “waste”, but said that “it could possibly induce a tsunami”.

the Oceanic Multipurpose System Status-6, a drone with nuclear weapons now known as Poseidon

“A well-placed high-powered nuclear weapon in the range of 20 MT to 50 MT near a seacoast, could certainly produce enough energy to match the 2011 tsunami, and perhaps much more,” said Rex Richardson, a weapons physicist. nuclear, to Business Insider, referring to the Japanese earthquake that produced a tsunami powerful enough to kill 15,000 people and cause the Fukushima Nuclear Power plant No. 1 to undergo a triple meltdown, one of the worst nuclear accidents of all time. .

“Taking advantage of the amplification effect as the sea floor rises, tsunami waves that reach 100 meters [almost 330 feet] in height are possible,” he added.

 

Source: Newsweek Espanol