Russia tested a nuclear underwater drone capable of destroying coastal cities, ports, and harbors. The Russian drone has been rumored to exist since last year, but the first known test of the highly destructive weapon reportedly took place on November 27.
United States intelligence agencies detected the test of the unmanned underwater drone after the Russian nuclear drone was launched from a Sarov-class submarine, the Washington Free Beacon reports.
Pentagon officials did not release any further details about the test to the public. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Vladimir Putin vowed to possess the biggest and best-equipped military force on the globe by 2020.
the Russian’s have an undersea drone that can carry a huge nuclear bomb, outrun torpedoes, and create tsunamis https://t.co/0UND1EF2U9
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The Russian underwater drone is supposedly capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. The Russian drone reportedly possesses enough power not to only wipe coastal cities off the map, but to also spark intense destruction further inland as well. The weapon is also believed to be capable of creating artificial tsunamis after being deployed from a submarine.
The Russia nuclear undersea drone has been named the Ocean Multipurpose System Status-6. The drone may be capable of traveling up to 6,200 miles underwater. The nuclear-capable weapon can be submerged to depths of up to 3,280 feet and can travel at speeds up to 56 knots.
American intelligence officials also believe the Russian drone will boast the largest nuclear weapons currently available. The blast from the nuclear undersea drone has been compared to the power of “millions” of tons of TNT.
United States intelligence agencies are estimating the nuclear undersea drone is capable of carrying a multi-megaton thermonuclear bomb payload, the Washington Post reports. When America dropped the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima to effectively end World War II, the bomb weighed about 16 kilotons.
“We closely monitor Russian underwater military developments, but we will not comment specifically about them,” Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said.
The Russian developer, TsKB MT Rubin, is a military defense industry manufacturer known to make all of the country’s submarines. The design bureau reportedly built the Russian undersea nuclear drone.
The rate of Russia’s nuclear weapons developments over the course of recent years has reportedly caused a significant amount of concern for leaders in the United States Military. The undersea drone could feasibly be used to attack American ports and bases, including those where ballistic missile submarines are in use.
The United States currently operated two nuclear missile submarine bases. One is located at Kings Bay in Georgia. Kings Bay is located just north of the Florida border. The other nuclear missile base is in Puget Sound in Washington State.
A doctrine recently adopted by Russian leaders reportedly vowed to increase its reliance on nuclear weapons during a conflict. The doctrine also states Russia is willing to escalate to weapons of mass destruction at a quick pace in an effort to compensate for its antiquated conventional equipment.
Intelligence officials in the United States have also reportedly detected the development of a new breed of low-yield tactical nuclear weapons in Russia. Such weapons could be easily deployed for use in regional conflicts.
“The Status-6, a nuclear powered, nuclear armed drone submarine, is the most irresponsible nuclear weapons program that Putin’s Russia has come up with,” former Pentagon official Mark Schneider said.
Schneider is now involved with the National Institute for Public Policy.
“Status-6 is designed to kill civilians by massive blast and fallout,” he added.
Engaging in such warfare tactics violate existing armed conflict laws, March Schneider also noted. Vladimir Putin appears undeterred about breaking international guidelines when creating his nation’s new weapon.
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