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- The Russian Navy has acquired its first Poseidon nuclear torpedoes with a considerable range.
- Nuclear-powered torpedoes can surpass NATO submarines and torpedoes.
- Poseidon is equipped with a 2 megaton nuclear weapon capable of destroying coastal communities and ports.
Russia is said to have obtained the first nuclear-tipped Poseidon torpedoes. The Poseidon, which has been in development since 2015, is armed with a warhead that is more than 100 times more powerful than the atomic bombs unleashed on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The weapon is intended to keep US coastal towns exposed to nuclear assault if the US decides to beef up its missile defences.
The first batch of Poseidon torpedoes has been built and will shortly be sent to outfit the Russian Navy’s submarine Belgorod, according to TASSPart of Russian state media. The number of torpedoes in the batch is not specified in the paper, but naval specialist HI Sutton believes Belgorod is built to carry up to six Poseidons at once.
A size comparison between Poseidon’s production and development models. GOOD DAY, Sutton/Covert Shores
Nuclear power has many advantages than just range. On land, Poseidon can attain speeds of up to 70 knots, or 80 miles per hour. This would make catching up with a Poseidon speeding toward its target hard for NATO submarines and torpedoes—at least for the time being. Because no government has ever fielded a weapon capable of moving at 80 knots underwater, there are presently no viable countermeasures.
Poseidon is said to be armed with a 2-megaton thermonuclear warhead, the heaviest bomb deployed by a country in decades, and the equivalent of 2,000 kilotons of TNT. The explosive outputs of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were 15 and 21 kilton, respectively. A 2-megaton thermonuclear weapon exploded on land creates a 1-mile-wide blaze and causes third-degree burns approximately 9 miles distant. A bomb dropped on New York City would kill 1.7 million people and injure another 2 million.
The Oscar II guided-missile submarine Belgorod was launched in 1992. Due to a lack of money, the Russian Navy was unable to complete the incomplete submarine for more than two decades, but building began in the mid-2010s with the goal of finishing it as a “special operations auxiliary” submarine.
Six extra-large torpedo tubes for transporting and shooting Poseidon torpedoes were installed in the “Special Mission” upgrades. Belgorod is 583 feet long, 50 feet broad, and weighs 30,000 tons when fully laden, making her 50 percent greater in displacement than the US Navy’s Ohio-Class missile submarines.
A section of the Belgorod special operations submarine. HELLO Sutton and Covert Shores
Russia is thought to require 30 Poseidons. Poseidon is not a first-strike weapon capable of annihilating US cities out of nowhere. It’s enormous, noisy, and takes days to reach its goal once launched. The torpedo is designed to ensure that if the US expands its missile defence program to deal with Russian nuclear strikes, Moscow will still have the ability to threaten the US, particularly naval bases reloading American submarines and majors with ballistic missiles capable of reaching business destinations such as Los Angeles or New York City.
The Poseidon story comes from the state-controlled Russian media outlet TASS. TASS reporting should be viewed with caution; in the past, the news agency claimed Russia destroying 200 Ukrainian military helicopters, which was more than the nation possessed at the outset of the war, as well as 367 fighter planes, which was considerably more than the Ukrainian Air Force really utilized. Russian deaths and war crimes against civilians have also been underreported.
Could the report be fabricated? Perhaps, but Poseidon is a well-known system and a top priority for Russia. At the very least, it demonstrates that Russia continues to want the world to dread the new weapon – and Moscow’s nuclear arsenal.