PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – For six years now, the world has wondered what Russia’s doomsday torpedo will look like – a nuclear unmanned underwater weapon, a reconnaissance station, or something else Moscow does not want to reveal. The problem is that Moscow has not yet given a clear explanation of what exactly this is.
- Russia is building a secret base for robotic nuclear subs
- Russia has a thermonuclear torpedo that could start World War III
- The Russian underwater drone “Poseidon” completed the key stage of trials
We ask such questions more and more often is the news that has recently come from Russia. According to Russian media, Moscow has begun building naval bases to house drone carriers. And the carriers are two – submarines Belgorod and submarines Khabarovsk.
Most recently, Russian Rear Admiral Vsevolod Khmirov answered journalistic questions on the subject. According to him, the time of the Soviet Union is long gone. During this time, the construction of a floating quay was typical in Russian military thought. But today, the world is developing a new kind of weapon that requires an entirely different approach to thinking.
Poseidon is a nuclear warhead
In general, this is the opinion that had spread in recent years. Please don’t take it literally. According to the Russians, Poseidon is a torpedo capable of carrying a “multi-megaton nuclear warhead.”
A similar opinion was expressed last year by a Pentagon official. Christopher Ford, an assistant secretary of state, said Poseidon would trigger a tsunami by blowing himself up near the shore. Fearing that he would cross oceans freely, the American politician expressed his concern about the American coastline’s security. He thus described the “doomsday” torpedo as a real threat to the United States.
If this information is correct, let us remind you of something – Russia is building four submarine carriers, which must carry a total of 12 torpedoes with nuclear “multi-megaton” warheads.
Russian military analyst Dmitry Litovkin claims that Poseidon has another vital function – to sleep. According to him, the nuclear torpedo can lie on the seabed for years, despite its nuclear reactor. This feature makes the torpedo “invisible” to naval radars. Thus, the torpedo is at rest in standby mode and expects a “call” from Moscow.
It’s not a doomsday torpedo; it’s a reconnaissance station
Russian scientist Pavel Luzin made a similar statement. He is a military expert from Russia and a lecturer at Perm University. The American publication Forbes is citing his opinion.
According to Luzin, the purpose of the torpedo is a deep-sea station that has no human staff. However, this means, as David Axe claims in his Forbes article, that Poseidon will play the role of a perfect spy machine, tracking the behavior of enemy fleets over him. In this way, the torpedo carriers – the two submarines – also become reconnaissance submarines.
In the middle of last year, we announced that Russia was conducting tests on submarine drones to monitor the seabed in the Black Sea. According to a statement from the Russian Defense Ministry at the time, the tested drones would “monitor and analyze the underwater situation.”
Another important quote from a Moscow press release states that drones have tested in the Black Sea must “show the effectiveness and respond to threats in underwater areas.” According to experts, these tests aimed to show underwater drones’ ability to “count” which objects are large and not on the surface of the water.
Maybe this is another hybrid Russian grotesque
There are two facts so far – Russia is building a second submarine to “carry” the torpedo, and Russia is building a quay to house the two subs. These two facts eliminate the question of whether Moscow is developing Poseidon.
The problem is that we do not know what exactly Poseidon is? David Axe writes in his article, “that Moscow is willing to spend billions of dollars building Poseidon-carriers — together representing more than a tenth of the overall future undersea fleet — is a testimony to the importance of Putin’s regime places on the doomsday torpedo.”
According to the dimensions announced for Poseidon, these torpedoes will take up a lot of space in their future submarines, which makes the subs practically unusable for nothing else.
Kingston Rafe is an American expert on nuclear research. He claims that the whole project Poseidon – torpedoes and submarines-carriers is a large-scale Russian project. However, according to him, Poseidon is a “Russian grotesque” aimed at “heavy US investment in missile defense.”
Rafe says that with the weakened US air defenses and Poseidon’s current construction, Putin wants to have an “insurance policy” against Washington and a possible ballistic missile downing.
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