Among the new “super-weapons” with which Vladimir Poutine wanted to equip Russia, we find a stealth nuclear torpedo. The objective is to generate radioactive tsunamis. While this machine is still being perfected, it gives rise to fear of the worst in the event of a conflict.
One of the six new Russian “super-weapons”
A weapon potentially capable of cause radioactive tidal waves that can contaminate the coastlines of an entire country. No, this is not a new disaster movie script but a new technology currently in development in Russia. In an article from April 5, 2021, the US channel CNN unveiled footage from the Russian Defense Ministry. The latter show in particular Russian submarines and other air bases present in the Arctic Ocean. According to the media outlet, the Russian submersibles are currently carrying out tests aimed at perfecting the Poseidon nuclear torpedo 2M39.
This torpedo is one of the six superweapons that Vladimir Putin wanted for his country’s army, like the Kinjal and Zircon hypersonic missiles. The Poseidon 2M39 torpedo takes the form of a small submarine capable of moving underwater at a speed of 100 km / h, while its range exceeds 10,000 km. Thus, this weapon is able to cross the oceans at a depth of about 1000 meters, and in a completely stealth manner.
A deterrent weapon
If its speed and range can logically be of concern, the worst is none other than its power. Indeed, it is a question of a thermonuclear warhead capable of generating an explosion ranging from 30 to 100 megatonnes. However, this same warhead is comparable or even potentially more powerful than that of the Tsar Bomba (50 megatons), the most powerful atomic bomb ever tested by the Russians in 1961. However, it should be noted that this torpedo was not created. to generate explosions on dry land. Rather, it is to activate the bomb underwater and generate gigantic radioactive tsunamis that can cause immense damage to the coastlines of a country or a region as a whole.
To the power of the warhead is added the presence of cobalt 60, an isotope designed to maximize radioactive fallout. Thus, in addition to the damage caused by the tsunami itself, the affected areas would become uninhabitable and unusable for decades. This kind of weapon is a real cause for concern as currently, 60% of the world’s population lives close to the coast.
Moscow, through the intermediary of the Minister of Defense Sergei Choïgou mentioned the construction of about thirty devices of this kind during the next years. If the existence of this weapon lets fear the worst, it seems all the same that it is about a deterrent weapon. In other words, it cannot be used during usual conflicts.