Russia unveils its new submarine armed with nuclear tipped drones capable of wiping out a city by launching a tsunami
- The Belgorod submarine, & # 39; the world's longest, launched from the Sevmarsh plant in northwestern Russia, Tuesday
- President Vladimir Putin, to whom the crew will report immediately, has followed the launch via teleconference
- Moscow claims the submarine has a maximum of eight nuclear-armed POSEIDON & # 39; apocalypse torpedo & # 39; s & # 39; will wear
- The & # 39; torpedo & # 39; s & # 39; s, actually drones, are designed to cause tsunamis that would flood coastal towns
Russia has launched its latest nuclear-powered submarine under the watchful eye of President Vladimir Putin.
The sub, named Belgorod, was launched Tuesday from the Sevmash plant in northwestern Russia, while Putin observed by teleconference.
Belgorod is designed to transport nuclear-armed Poseidon drones, a doomsday weapon that Russia says is capable of destroying entire cities by launching a tsunami.
Russia launched its newest submarine – & # 39; the world's longest, named Belgorod – on Tuesday under the watchful eye of President Putin, who observed via teleconference
The Belgorod, whose construction will be completed at sea, is designed to carry Moscow's newest super weapon – nuclear-armed drones called Poseidon, which Russia claims to cause tsunamis
Mikhail Budnichenko, director of the shipyard, said during the launch ceremony that & # 39; the company's shipbuilders will perform all tasks to build ships within the set timeframe and with high quality. & # 39;
The submarine will be ready as it floats and TASS quoted a defense source that says the nuclear reactor will be tested later this year, with sea tests scheduled for 2020 and deployment towards the end of that year.
Putin first mentioned nuclear-driven drone for the first time in a series of other new weapons at a state-of-the-nation address last year, and said they would render US missile defense systems useless.
The drones are built in a similar shape to torpedoes, but are much larger than the conventional weapons – which measure up to a length of 79 feet – and therefore they must be worn by specially designed submarines.
Once started, the weapon can be operated remotely to bypass the defense and has a theoretically unlimited range thanks to the nuclear reactor.
Speed reports varied, making it as low as 70 mph and as high as 124 mph, making it very difficult to stop.
Although Poseidon's specifications are misty, Russia has released these images that are claimed to show the drone, and the Pentagon has said it believes the weapons are real
Putin is very interested in the Poseidon project and the Belgorod crew will report directly to him, rather than to naval commanders, effectively making it an underwater secret base
The weapons can also serve as unmanned underwater vessels (UUV & # 39; s), with which they can work for miles under the waves to map the ocean floor using a sonar imaging system called side scanning.
However, the UUV & # 39; s can also be used to sabotage undersea power and internet cables during conflicts.
The giant sub also has a 180-meter mini submarine moored underneath. The 25-man vehicle can be used for investigation, rescue and special military operations.
In what is considered a sinister development, the submarine commanders will report directly to President Putin instead of the country's navy blue, making Belgorod more like a deep-sea intelligence agency than a conventional submarine.
The Belgorod is expected to operate in the Arctic and North Atlantic – areas where Russian submarine activity has increased tenfold in recent years. There is also a huge increase in Russian approaches to British territorial waters.
In 2010 the Royal Dutch Navy had to respond to only one break-in, but in 2017 33 individual incidents needed a response from British ships or submarines.
The Navy is developing its own UUV & # 39; s fleet, but they are not expected to be employed for another eight years, according to sources.