WASHINGTON, (BM) – Russia may be the first in the world to create an attack nuclear unmanned underwater vehicles. The West does not have such technologies, warned the American magazine Forbes, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
According to the publication, already now Moscow has an intercontinental autonomous torpedo “Poseidon” with a nuclear power plant and a nuclear warhead. It is often called a drone, but this is not so: the device is designed for a one-way route. In addition, he does not have the characteristics that are necessary for submarines to perform ordinary operations.
In addition to Poseidon, in Russia there is an autonomous atomic turbine generator designed to supply electricity to the infrastructure located at the bottom of the sea. Specialists of the Malachite Design Bureau proposed to install this generator on conventional submarines.
Such a “serving submarine” will have its own team, which will perform other tasks. At the same time, the device itself and its propulsion system will be fully automatic.
Thus, as the United States recognizes, now Russia can connect atomic turbine generators with drone technology and create the world’s first uninhabited attack nuclear submarine. Its undeniable advantages will be an unlimited duration of missions and lower cost. In addition, she herself can be a consumable.
In terms of such breakthrough technologies, the West has nothing to present to the West, the magazine states. To create a completely new reactor, Western countries will require a considerable amount of time, because their nuclear reactors were developed for submarines with a crew on board.
According to the author of Forbes, no matter how good the idea is to have completely maintenance-free nuclear reactors on autonomous submarines, such devices will appear in the Russian Navy much earlier than any Western power.
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