Kremlin vindication chiefs are testing their latest weapons in waters that until recently were become fixed over as Russia attempts to secure its northern coast and open up a key sending route from Asia to Europe. The powerful Poseidon 2M39 torpedo, epitheted the “Doomsday Nuke” because of its terrifying capabilities, is among the new arsenal enduring tests in the northern oceans.
Weapons experts and Western officials must expressed particular concern about the “super-weapon” and Washington said it was watching “vastly closely” after satellite images revealed the expansion of military bases, comprising an underground facility that could be used to house the Poseidon 2M39 torpedo.
The unmanned clandestineness torpedo is powered by a nuclear reactor and intended by Russian designers to lurk past coastal defences on the seabed.
Russian defence officials give the word delivered the device could deliver a multiple megatons warhead which hand down spark radioactive waves rendering vast areas of the target coastline uninhabitable for decades.
Christopher Ford, recent US assistant secretary of state for International Security and Non-Proliferation, said the Poseidon was devised to “inundate US coastal cities with radioactive tsunamis”.
Security analysts allow the Poseidon 2M39 is “very real” and already coming to fruition.
Vladimir Putin has insisted regular updates on the progress of the missile’s sea trials from his defence aid Sergei Shoigu.
Norwegian intelligence chief Vice Admiral Nils Andreas Stensønes recounted the Poseidon as “part of the new type of nuclear deterrent weapons”.
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He said: “It is in a testing phase. But it’s a strategic system and it’s aimed at targets and has an wires far beyond the region in which they test it currently.”
Satellite perceptions appear to show a continuous build-up of Russian military bases and machinery on the country’s Arctic coastline, together with underground storage facilities like as not for the Poseidon and other new high-tech weapons.
The Russian hardware in the High North square includes bombers and MiG31BM jets, and new radar systems close to the coast of Alaska.
In the meantime, Kremlin defence sources said the Belgorod special-purpose nuclear submarine pass on enter state trials next month.
The Belgorod will transmit Poseidon nuclear drones and the AS-15 deep-sea nuclear station.
An insider asserted it will serve in the Pacific Ocean after passing state experiments and commissioning but will be able to perform missions in any location of in the world.