Mired in its war in Ukraine, the Kremlin is relaunching propaganda on its nuclear torpedo which would reach a speed under water of 370 km/h and would be capable of creating tsunamis. Baptized Poseidon, Russia would have finished manufacturing the first copies.
Russia has just relaunched the propaganda machine around its Poseidon 2M39 nuclear torpedo. According to Tass, the state news agency, the weapon passed its first tests and the first series was produced. These “torpedo-drones” are intended for a long-range strike and will equip the submarinenuclear submarine K-329 Belgorod.
The torpedo and the submarine were initially announced by Vladimir Putin in March 2018. The Poseidon 2M39 is 24 meters long and 2 meters wide. According to official information, the torpedo could deliver a thermonuclear warhead of up to 100 megatons, but the figure of 2 megatons would be more realistic. It would still be 150 times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb.
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The maximum speedspeed is 70 knotsknots (130 km/h). However, according to official sources, the torpedo could even reach a speed of 200 knots (370 km/h) using supercavitation technology, in other words, using hot gasdistributed at the front, to reduce water friction. It is a second-strike weapon, intended for retaliation in the event of an attack on Russia. The torpedo is supposed to create a radioactive tsunami to make enemy coastal towns uninhabitable. Of course, these assertions, coming from the propaganda apparatuses, are questionable. This news is also an opportunity for propagandists to bring out the video originally released last year showing the effect of a torpedo attacking the United Kingdom. On the Rossiya 1 channel, Dmitry Kiselev claimed that the weapon would trigger a 500-meter high tsunami, wiping out the country which would be plunged under radioactive sea water. To see the video, the radioactive fallout would once again stop at the French border…
Nuclear Torpedo Project Capable of Creating Radioactive Tsunami
The development of a nuclear-powered torpedo capable of sneaking on the seabed, known as the Poseidon 2M39, has been a topic of speculation and debate since its revelation in 2015. Many experts dismissed it as a legend or a joke. However, in 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the development of a new generation of weapons, including the Poseidon 2M39 and the hypersonic missile, Tsirkon.
Recent reports of Tsirkon hypersonic missile tests in the Arctic have confirmed the reality of the weapon, leading experts to take the threat of the Poseidon 2M39 more seriously. The weapon is seen as a powerful deterrent and an important bargaining chip in arms control negotiations. It is likely that Russian authorities will continue to pursue the development of both the Tsirkon missile and the Poseidon 2M39.
It’s not a joke anymore
Last year, the potential threat posed by the Poseidon 2M39 nuclear-powered torpedo, capable of sneaking on the seabed, was publicly acknowledged by Christopher A Ford, a former Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Non-Proliferation, during an interview on CNN. He stated that this weapon poses a danger to American coastal cities.
Norwegian intelligence services have also expressed concern about the ecological consequences of a possible accident during tests. The leader of the Norwegian intelligence services, Vice-Admiral Nils Andreas Stensønes, has confirmed these concerns to CNN.
Satellite images have also revealed that Russia is amassing large quantities of equipment on its military bases located on the Arctic coast, raising suspicions that these bases may be used to accommodate the experimental Poseidon 2M39 torpedo.
The Arctic region is becoming increasingly strategic with global warming melting the ice, and Russia is seeking to secure its northern coast and open a new maritime route between Europe and Asia. In response to this reinforced presence, the American army has increased its maneuvers in the nearby maritime zone, adding to the growing tensions between the two nations, which many experts believe could lead to a Cold War 2.0.