Russia will reportedly commence at-sea factory trials of a nuclear-capable underwater vehicle (UUV), dubbed ‘Poseidon’, in summer 2019, TASS reports Sunday.
"The successful tests of Poseidon’s nuclear-powered energy unit opened the way to conducting at-sea factory tests of the vehicle. The tests will begin in favorable weather conditions this summer," the source was quoted as saying.
Poseidon is designed to deliver a 2-megaton nuclear warhead to destroy naval bases, carrier strike groups, and entire coastal cities by triggering a radioactive Tsunami wave. These UUVs will reportedly be equipped with both conventional and nuclear payloads and will be able to destroy enemy infrastructural facilities, carrier groups and other targets.
The UUV is thought to have been developed in reaction to the increasing sophistication of U.S. ballistic missile defense systems.
The Russian Navy plans to place more than 30 Poseidon strategic nuclear-capable underwater drones on combat duty. "Two Poseidon-carrying submarines are expected to enter service with the Northern Fleet and the other two will join the Pacific Fleet
Russia has started underwater trials of its nuclear-capable drone, ‘Poseidon capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads. "In the sea area protected from a potential enemys reconnaissance means, the underwater trials of the nuclear propulsion unit of the Poseidon drone are underway,"
Russia is developing a powerful underwater drone that can carry a nuclear warhead with a capacity of up to 2 megatonnes to destroy enemy naval bases, TASS reports
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