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Russia's Doomsday Submarines Are Here (Armed with Nuclear Robot Torpedoes)

Michael Peck

Michael Peck

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Russian has launched the first of several submarines designed to carry thermonuclear-armed robot torpedoes.

Russia's Doomsday Submarines Are Here (Armed with Nuclear Robot Torpedoes)

Russian has launched the first of several submarines designed to carry thermonuclear-armed robot torpedoes.

The Belgorod, recently launched from the Sevmash shipyard in northern Russia, is designed to carry the Status-6 Poseidon, an 80-foot-long robot sub with intercontinental range and armed with a 100-megaton warhead that to create a tsunami that will bury enemy coastal cities.

“The new submarine would be able to carry six strategic underwater drones,” reported Russian news agency TASS. Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly watched the launch over a special TV link.

In addition to carrying an exotic weapon, the Belgorod has an exotic history. The vessel was laid down in 1992 as a giant Oscar II-class nuclear submarine -- the same as the doomed sub Kursk. Construction stopped in 1997 due to lack of funds, but work restarted in the 2010s as Project 09852.

Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation initially announced that the revised design was supposed to be a research vessel equipped with drones for underwater exploration as well as search and rescue, according to TASS. Russian defense analysts suggested that the Belgorod would a stretched Oscar II, becoming the largest Russian submarine afloat, with a length of 184 meters (604 feet).

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