Russia announces production of first underwater drone Poseidon
Is Putin’s tidal wave weapon now operational?
It should be able to generate a 500 meter high tidal wave: the underwater drone Poseidon. Now Russian media are reporting that a first batch of Putin’s nuclear weapon has been manufactured.
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With the mega weapon Poseidon should be able to trigger 500 meter high waves. At least that’s what the chief propagandist of Russia Today, Dmitry Kiselyov, claimed last year.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, its top speed should be 220 km/h, and it should also be able to dive one kilometer deep: the Poseidon underwater drone. Now the Russians’ mysterious 24-meter-long tidal wave weapon has apparently been completed.
“The first batch of Poseidon ammunition has been manufactured and will soon be delivered to the nuclear-powered special submarine Belgorod,” the state news agency Tass quoted a source close to the Russian defense industry as saying.
Accordingly, several trials involving core components, including the nuclear power plant, have been successfully completed. This information cannot be independently verified.
Nuclear torpedo set to trigger nuclear tsunami
The nuclear-powered unmanned underwater vehicle can carry both conventional and nuclear munitions. Thanks to its nuclear propulsion system, Poseidon has a maximum range of 6200 kilometers – this corresponds to the distance from Saint Petersburg to the east coast of the USA.
What makes the stealth drone extremely dangerous is that it can hardly be tracked down or intercepted. Experts describe the torpedo as “terrifying”. In the meantime, he already has the nickname doomsday drone.
US intelligence agencies have described Poseidon’s main purpose in the past: to use the nuclear torpedo to unleash a massive nuclear tsunami that would flood and irradiate coastal cities. The coastal areas hit by Poseidon would be uninhabitable for decades.
Dmitri Kiselyov (68), chief propagandist of “Russia Today”, said on Russian state television in May last year that Poseidon could destroy a country “as big as Texas – or England”.
How dangerous is Poseidon really?
Pavel Podvig (57) from the UN Institute for Disarmament Research in Geneva, who specializes in Russian nuclear weapons, is not intimidated by the alleged super weapon. “Even if Poseidon should be completed, it is by no means certain that it can be used with a nuclear warhead,” he told Blick in May.
Podvig considers a 500 meter high tidal wave to be a clear exaggeration. “I don’t think you can generate such a high wave with a nuclear explosion.” Radiation, on the other hand, is more dangerous.
The submarine “K-329 Belgorod” is intended to be the first carrier of the alleged miracle weapon. It is the world’s largest submarine. It was launched on April 23, 2019. (nad)