Germany: Russian nuclear UUV may deliver warheads in complete silence
BERLIN, (BM) – German experts believe that the Poseidon nuclear drone is part of Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s ingenious plan to preserve Russia’s great power status. Most of all, in the West, they fear that the words of the President of the Russian Federation about “Poseidon” will turn out to be prophetic.
- Russia’s underwater drone “Poseidon” will reach speeds of over 200 km/h
- Russian military is testing a robotic underwater monitoring system in the Black Sea
- The Russian underwater drone “Poseidon” completed the key stage of trials
This opinion states in the publication of the German news agency RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND). The author of the material, Matthias Koch, draws attention to the fact that within the framework of his message to the Federal Assembly, the President of Russia mentioned Poseidon. Vladimir Putin noted that work on a new system of unmanned weapons, which will include the silent delivery of nuclear charges to their destination, is being carried out following the development plan of the Russian army.
The German observer admitted that if earlier in NATO they rejected the danger of “Poseidon”, considering it a ghost, now in the ranks of the Western military horror began to grow about this weapon of Russia. Western sources in military circles claim that the Poseidon underwater drone will autonomously cross entire oceans and destroy coastal cities, provoking giant waves and emitting radioactive energy.
The world thought it was a bluff
The RND pointed out that the first mentions of this Russian armament date back to 2015, when many military experts in the West called Vladimir Putin’s words a bluff, but years later, it became apparent that the Russian leader was not joking – today in Europe and the United States they are forced to admit that they were wrong their position.
“In the West, they are puzzled by one detail that they would like to know urgently: what sound does the Poseidon drive make?”, Stated Matthias Koch.
The author of the publication in this situation is most frightened because if the NATO military cannot find an answer to this question, then Putin’s warning about “Poseidon” will turn out to be prophetic.
“Then Putin will be right in his assertion that Poseidon is an irresistible weapon,” the RND notes.
The German edition called the Poseidon drone “an eerie and mysterious weapon” that could threaten Russia’s opponents with a double strike – through a giant wave and a nuclear charge. The author of the publication with concern concluded that the question remains whether Russian President Vladimir Putin will ever decide to use these weapons.
Russia is building a naval base for Poseidon UUV
According to Russian military experts, Russia is currently building a naval base for its Poseidon robotic nuclear submarines. According to preliminary information, the coastal naval base of nuclear submarines should be ready by the summer of 2022.
Sources from the Russian Ministry of Defense claim that such a base is necessary due to Russian weapons’ specifics. Rear Admiral Vsevolod Khmirov says it was common to build a floating quay where a Russian ship docked. But this was during the Soviet era when technology was less advanced, and Moscow did not have such weapons. Now times are different, weapons are technologically advanced, and a completely different coastal facility is needed, says the Russian military.
The Ministry of Defense plans to make the facility modern and allow for staff training and a base for launching the robotic submarine. So far, however, no information has been disclosed as to exactly where the Russian MoD would build such a facility.
Speed more than 200 km/h, they say
A source in the Russian military-industrial complex, quoted by TASS, said the latest Russian underwater drone “Poseidon,” the development of which was announced in March 2018 by Vladimir Putin, will reach a speed of more than 200 km/h [about 110 knots].
“Poseidon” will be capable of operating at a depth of over 1 km and traveling at its maximum speed in the air cavities.
According to the source, the underwater drone will be highly maneuverable during its course. Maximum speed and the possible depth “makes it impossible” for the drone to defeat another enemy drone.
We recall that, at the moment, the modern nuclear submarines have a maximum underwater speed of 60 km/h [30-35 knots] and the torpedo – about 90 km/h. [50 knots]. The Russian torpedo system “Shkval” is equipped with a jet engine that, according to other sources, can reach an underwater speed of 370 km/h [up to 200 knots]. Still, unlike Poseidon, it operates at a shorter distance and a shallow depth.
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