Russia has launched its new Belgorod submarine, which is designed to carry devastating underwater nuclear drones.
Moscow’s development of nuclear-powered drones has been closely watched in recent years, amid concern that Russia could be adding a “doomsday” weapon capable of unleashing tidal waves to its arsenal.
During Tuesday’s visit to a military shipyard in St. Petersburg, President Vladimir Putin viewed the departure of the Belgorod sub at the Sevmash plant in Severodvinsk in northwestern Russia via a teleconference. . .
Russia launches its special purpose deep diving and second nuclear strike submarine at the Severodvinsk shipyards today. A very special ship. https://t.co/BiloWh818p
— Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) April 23, 2019
The Poseidon can target coastal areas with a heavy nuclear weapon, causing a devastating tsunami wave. Putin has said its tests have been successful.
He first mentioned the nuclear-powered drone among an array of other new weapons in a state-of-the-nation address last year, saying they would render U.S. missile defense systems useless.
First image analysis of #Russia super-submarine Belgorod, from limited photos available. Main feature of interest is a bulge visible on the lower hull (E on photo below). https://t.co/lxUhrZ74JW pic.twitter.com/TjbcUPfts8
— H I Sutton (@CovertShores) April 24, 2019
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