MOSCOW, (BM) – According to Russian military experts, Russia is currently building a naval base for its Poseidon robotic nuclear submarines, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned, citing a publication in the Russian media. According to preliminary information, the coastal naval base of nuclear submarines should be ready by the summer of 2022.
- 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
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.
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 drones.
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.
There is still a risk of hacking
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, the military expert Alexander Zhilin said on August 4 last year.
According to him, this torpedo “can be constantly on the alert and carry out assigned tasks at any time.” The expert noted that drones of this class “require a lot of responsibility since they are controlling 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 concluded that the protection against external interference is colossal,” the commentator is sure.
In May, RIA Novosti, citing a military-industrial complex source, 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, but individual components and assemblies are still testing.”
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