Russian submarines are carrying out a secret mission to enter the North Atlantic and threaten the American east coast, according to the Norwegian intelligence service.
Ten submarines, at least eight of which were nuclear-powered, departed from Murmansk harbor early last week before some of them passed through the Gap of Greenland-Iceland-UK along British territorial waters.
These submarines are now entering the North Atlantic with the aim of passing west of Greenland and as far as possible into the North Atlantic.
The mission, the largest campaign of the Northern Fleet of Russia since the Cold War, is designed to prove that Moscow has the capacity to hit the American east coast, said the intelligence service of Norway.
Ten Russian submarines, at least eight of which were nuclear-powered, departed from Murmansk early last week. Six of them take part in defensive and test missions around the Barents and Norwegian Sea, but another four are on a mission in the North Atlantic
Norwegian intelligence services say the purpose of the mission is to prove that Moscow can hit the American east coast and test NATO's ability to respond (photo, the new Sierra-Class sub of Russia)
It is also designed to test NATO's ability and respond to such an operation.
Moscow has made at least part of the mission public and reported that submarines participate in defensive and testing activities in the Barents Sea and the Norwegian Sea.
But Norway's intelligence service revealed the second, secret, part of the mission to the public broadcaster NRK.
Sources of intelligence emphasized that the mission is a complete combat operation and not just an exercise.
Norway's E-Service, the Oslo term for intelligence services, said they are monitoring submarines and currently & # 39; reasonably good control & # 39; about their locations.
Two submarines are known to sail west of Bear Island, located between Svalbard and Northern Norway, near the Greenland Sea.
Two more are known to the south and east of the island and guard the eastern entrance to the Barents Sea.
Meanwhile, two Sierra-class submarines, Russia & # 39; s technologically most advanced submarines with titanium hulls, conduct deep-dive and weapon tests in the Norwegian Sea.
The mission was revealed when Moscow revealed footage of a Bulava nuclear-capable rocket fired from one of its new submarines in the White Sea
The rocket flew more than 3500 miles before it accurately hit a test range in Kamchatka, the Russian Defense Ministry said
That leaves out another four ships, which means that they may participate in the Atlantic mission.
A spokesperson for the Norwegian E-Service said: "Russia means" this is our sea ", we can do this. We can reach the United States.
& # 39; That is what Russia wants to tell us. They want to test the ability of the West to detect and process this. & # 39;
The existence of the mission was revealed at the same time that Russia announced it had tested a new type of nuclear-capable submarine-launched ballistic missile.
The Russian Ministry of Defense has released images of the Bulava rocket launched by the nuclear-powered submarine Prince Vladimir.
The & # 39; successful & # 39; test launch from the northern White Sea hit a target 3,500 km away in Kamchatka on the Pacific coast of the country, the Russian army said.
The state-of-the-art submarine is expected to go into active service in December.
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The Knyaz Vladimir is the first improved 955A model that was produced in the Borei class of Russian nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines.
It will be employed by the Northern Fleet of Russia at the end of this year once it has completed tests, including weapons tests, said the commander of the fleet.
The Bulava – or Mace – is seen as a cornerstone of the Russian military triad consisting of weapons at sea, on land and in the air.
The launch was carried out with an empty cargo and reached a test location in the far east of Russia.
Moreover, according to the Russian media is expected to start testing the new Russian Sarmat ballistic missiles early next year.
The hypersonic rocket, also known as Satan-2, will be deployed in 2021 after Vladimir Putin has made progress in its development.
Moscow says that Satan-2 can evade the defense shield of the United States and destroy an area the size of England and Wales – or Texas.
The weapon is seen as a crucial part of Russia's ongoing drive to modernize its nuclear arsenal.
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