Russia purportedly commenced sea trials of the Poseidon in December 2018. The ongoing tests are part of experimental design work rather than full-fledged sea trials, according to a Russian defense industry source. Russia’s MoD already announced in July that sea trials, primarily focused on the UUV’s guidance system and underwater operations in autonomous mode, were under way. The underwater tests are likely carried out by a B-90 Sarov-class Project 20120 diesel-electric submarine, which serves as the launch platform for the UUV.
The UUV is being designed a weapon of last resort to strengthen Russia’s nuclear deterrence posture vis-à-vis the United States and NATO. Torpedoes equipped with a nuclear propulsion system and fitted with a nuclear warhead for use over long distances were first conceived in the Soviet Union back in the 1950s but were considered impractical and unreliable at the time.
There are still questions whether Russia will be capable of building a reliable miniaturized nuclear reactor for the UUV [next to other technical challenges].
The drone is listed in Russia’s state armament program for 2018-2027 and is expected to be delivered to the Russian military in the late 2020s. However, the ‘Poseidon’ UUV will likely not move beyond the prototype stage as it appears to have been designed primarily for negotiation purposes for future strategic arms reduction talks with the United States and NATO.
It is also remains unclear whether the Poseidon UUV, if operationalized, will only serve as a nuclear-warhead delivery platform or could be used for other purposes including intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions.
Business insider explained the real purpose of Russia’s 100-megaton underwater nuclear doomsday device.
Since 2015, when images of a Russian nuclear torpedo first leaked on state television, the world has asked itself why Moscow would build a weapon that could end all life on Earth. While all nuclear weapons can kill thousands in the blink of an eye and leave radiation poisoning the environment for years to come, Russia’s new doomsday device, called “Poseidon,” takes steps to maximize this effect.
- Russia is said to have built a new 100-megaton underwater nuclear doomsday device, and it has threatened the US with it.
- The device goes beyond traditional ideas of nuclear warfighting and poses a direct threat to the future of humanity or life on Earth.
- Nobody has ever built a weapon like this before, because there’s almost no military utility in so badly destroying the world.
- But an expert on nuclear strategy told Business Insider the weapon might have a larger role in helping Russian President Vladimir Putin break down NATO with the threat of nuclear destruction.
In short, while most nuclear weapons can end a city, Russia’s Poseidon could end a continent.
Russia’s “Poseidon” Nuclear Torpedo: Are We on the Verge of Nuclear War?
The goal of the Russian unmanned underwater vehicle Poseidon is to cause NATO to collapse, Western experts believe. According to them, most nuclear weapons can destroy one city in a nuclear attack. However, the new Russian torpedoes can wipe away a whole continent. In the United States, they fear that coastal waters can be exposed to radiation from the Russian torpedoes for many years to come. Western experts wonder whether it is expedient to save Estonia from Moscow’s tight grip as long as Russia is allegedly going to use Poseidon torpedoes as insurance, while dismantling NATO. Russian experts have reacted with saying that such an assumption is strange, to say the least, because it is impossible to destroy such a powerful organization as NATO only by the presence of a certain type of weapon. The Poseidon does raise many eyebrows in the West, but it is ridiculous to assume that Russia is willing to destroy continents and kill hundreds of millions of innocent people by starting a nuclear war. For many years, Russian military strategy has been based on principles of containment, while all types of weapons of the Russian armed forces were made to defend Russia from invasion. The Poseidon torpedo is also a weapon of containment rather than assault.
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