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Poseidon drone torpedo, Russian nuclear weapon, Doomsday missile on Belgorod submarine

Ocean Multipurpose System "Poseidon".  Photo: Press service of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation / TASS

Ocean multi-purpose system “Poseidon”. Photo: Press service of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation / TASS

The Italian newspaper La Repubblica rings the alarm bells the loudest:

“Putin appears to be on the verge of a new challenge to the West… The alarm stems from a NATO intelligence report released to the Allied high commands in recent days. The report concerns the movements of the nuclear submarine “Belgorod” … There are fears that its mission is to test for the first time in history the ultra-silent and super-powerful torpedo-drone “Poseidon”, which is often called the “weapon of the Apocalypse”.

Well, then the same newspaper pumps up horror stories even more: Poseidon is capable of generating a radioactive tsunami near the coast, being released from a distance of 10 thousand kilometers (a quarter of the globe). And an infected wave is capable of demolishing such megacities as New York or Los Angeles. “Poseidon” is approaching the target at a kilometer depth at a speed of 200 km / h. There is no way to stop this underwater torpedo drone. A warhead on it with a capacity of up to 100 megatons. The explosion of this thermonuclear torpedo off the coast of Britain will raise a giant wave up to 500 meters high. Such a water squall also carries an extreme dose of radiation. Passing over the British Isles, it will turn what may be left of them into a radioactive desert. And how is the prospect? .. “

The prospect, of course, is more than terrible. But here it would be necessary to make a fundamentally important reservation – the use of “Poseidon” can become a reality only if the United States or other NATO countries with nuclear weapons strike Russia.

Well, as for the tactical and technical characteristics of the Poseidon, then the Italian newspaper basically told the truth. Why “mostly”? Yes, because no one yet knows about the real power of a nuclear warhead, except for its designers (it may be more).

But something very important, which La Repubblica did not say, should be added and clarified. “Poseidon” (thanks to its nuclear engine) has an unlimited range (and not 10 thousand kilometers).

In addition, this is a multi-purpose weapon, it can be used not only to strike the coast, but also to destroy enemy naval forces (aircraft carriers, submarines, surface ships).

Move on. Now the Russian Navy has two nuclear submarines carrying Poseidon – these are the Belgorod and Khabarovsk submarines. On board each – 6 of these nuclear drones!

These submarines can almost silently

(special secret propeller design), at a depth of 500 meters, with an autonomous navigation resource of 3 months, go around the globe, completely confuse the enemy and reach a given point near the Pacific or Atlantic coast of the United States. The Poseidon itself, after launch, will go to a depth of 1 kilometer inaccessible to torpedoes.

Well, now let’s find out what the well-known American analyst H. Sutton thinks about our “doomsday weapon”. Here are his words: “The use of Poseidon can radically change the tactics and strategy of modern submarine warfare. The absence of torpedoes in the US and British navies capable of hitting the Poseidon renders the latter invulnerable and renders Western fleets virtually defenseless against new Russian weapons.

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