Russia’s ‘nuclear monster’ is protected well, but there is still a risk of hacking
MOSCOW, (BM) – The Russian promising underwater unmanned aerial vehicle “Poseidon”, which in April 2018 in the UK was called the “Doomsday” weapon, has “many advantages” compared to a submarine with a crew on board, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing the military expert Alexander Zhilin.
According to him, this torpedo “can be constantly on alert and carry out assigned tasks at any time.” The commentator noted that drones of this class “require a lot of responsibility, since they are controlled through software.”
According to Zhilin, the potential risks associated with the operation of Poseidon are small. “It is clear that certain risks arise if, conventionally, hackers try to take over control. But after talking with our engineers and designers, I came to the conclusion that the protection against external interference is colossal,” the commentator is sure.
In May, RIA Novosti, citing a source in the military-industrial complex, reported that Poseidon would be launched for the first time this fall. The launch will take place from the nuclear submarine “Belgorod”. The source added that the torpedoes “are not yet assembled, individual components and assemblies are being tested.”
A Russian submarine can carry six Poseidon strategic torpedoes
The US Forbes magazine reported on June 7 that the nuclear submarine Khabarovsk of project 09851 is the most secret in the Russian fleet and is able to carry six strategic Poseidon torpedoes.
The publication notes that there is very little public information regarding this submarine. It is also known that the submarine will be able to carry six Poseidon nuclear torpedoes.
“It could be the defining submarine of 2020,” the article says, and also notes that the submarine should be launched this month.
In addition, the magazine separately identifies the Belgorod submarine of project 09852, the longest submarine in the history of mankind, which also carries the Poseidon strategic weapon.
The material notes that Belgorod will serve as a ship for the deep-sea nuclear submarine Losharik, capable of diving to a depth of 6 thousand meters. The author of the article fears that in this way Russia will be able to connect to cables running along the ocean floor.
According to the analyst, Poseidon is unique. This weapon is an intercontinental autonomous torpedo.
“It is twice as large as a typical ballistic missile, has an almost unlimited range and is armed with a nuclear warhead,” the author states.
Earlier, military analyst Alexander Mikhailov said that Poseidon submarines are capable of “nullifying” the coastal defense of any enemy, including the United States.
In turn, analyst Jacob Kedmi noted that Poseidon is capable of destroying New York, and the tsunami or earthquakes caused by it will cause even greater damage to the target.
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The Poseidon is an 80-foot-long nuclear-powered submersible robot that is essentially an underwater ICBM. It is designed to travel autonomously across thousands of miles, detonate outside an enemy coastal city, and destroy it by generating a tsunami.
“In the sea area protected from a potential enemy’s reconnaissance means, the underwater trials of the nuclear propulsion unit of the Poseidon drone are underway,” an unnamed Russian defense official told the TASS news agency.
The source also said the “the reactor is installed in the hull of the operating drone but the tests are being held as part of experimental design work rather than full-fledged sea trials at this stage.”
TASS reported last year that Poseidon will be armed with a 2-megaton warhead. That’s more than enough to destroy a city. But that leaves the question of why Russia would choose to nuke an American city with an underwater drone – even one that allegedly travels 100 miles an hour – when an ICBM can do the job in 30 minutes.
Russia suggests the Poseidon is a retaliatory weapon that would revenge a U.S. first strike even if American missile defenses were capable of stopping hundreds of Russian ICBMs.
But even in the unlikely event that the U.S. could intercept 500 or more Russian ballistic missiles, a delivery system that could take days or weeks to reach its target seems hardly an efficient deterrent.
More intriguing is the suggestion that Poseidon could be used against U.S. aircraft carriers. A very fast, nuclear-armed drone could prove difficult for American anti-submarine defenses to stop.
In a March 2018 speech, Russian President Vladimir Putin described his nation as being able to “move at great depths — I would say extreme depths — intercontinentally, at a speed multiple times higher than the speed of submarines, cutting-edge torpedoes and all kinds of surface vessels, including some of the fastest. It is really fantastic. They are quiet, highly maneuverable and have hardly any vulnerabilities for the enemy to exploit. There is simply nothing in the world capable of withstanding them.”
Putin added that Poseidon’s “nuclear power unit is unique for its small size while offering an amazing power-weight ratio. It is a hundred times smaller than the units that power modern submarines, but is still more powerful and can switch into combat mode, that is to say, reach maximum capacity, 200 times faster.”
Let’s also leave aside the question of why, if Russia really is that advanced in reactor design, its regular nuclear submarines aren’t so blessed. The puzzle is why a giant robot submarine would be needed to detonate a nuclear warhead near a U.S. aircraft carrier (presumably Poseidon is too expensive to waste by arming it with a mere high-explosive warhead).
If the goal is to sink a U.S. carrier, couldn’t Russia saturate a carrier’s defenses with a volley of conventionally-armed hypersonic missiles like the Mach 5-plus Khinzal? And if nukes are being used, Russia has no shortage of missiles, bombs and aircraft to target American ships.
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