Russia is creating a brand new underwater torpedo with a nuclear warhead described as a “doomsday weapon,” based on a brand new Protection Division report.
The Pentagon quietly acknowledged that Russia is creating a “Standing-6” system for the primary time ever on Friday with a 74-page report.
The Nuclear Posture Evaluate described a “new intercontinental, nuclear-armed, nuclear-powered, undersea autonomous torpedo,” which might be deployed from beneath a submarine.
The Pentagon quietly acknowledged that Russia is creating a “Standing-6” system for the primary time ever. (Andrew Harrer/Pool by way of Getty Photos)
The torpedo may feasibly journey undetected for 1000’s of miles underwater, earlier than unleashing radioactive fallout on coastal cities within the U.S.
Information of the Standing-6 system first surfaced in 2015, when a Russian state tv broadcast confirmed Russian President Vladimir Putin a graphic depicting the Standing-6 system.
The Russian nuclear-powered cruiser Pyotr Veliky and the Russian nuclear submarine Dmitry Donskoy moored close to Kronstadt, 19 miles west of St. Petersburg, Russia. (Elena Ignatyeva/AP)
However Pavel Podvig, an arms management knowledgeable, informed NPR the Standing-6 system won’t even exist.
He floated the chance that the graphic, exhibiting a non-existent nuclear supply system, was intentionally included within the broadcast as a ploy for Russia to flex some army would possibly.
Doc purporting to indicate diagrams of a brand new Russian underwater torpedo is broadcast throughout a 2015 assembly with President Vladimir Putin. (RussianArms by way of YouTube)
However Podvig additionally warned it won’t all be smoke and mirrors. “My finest guess is that there’s a undertaking to design an underwater automobile with a objective, unknown at this level. There’s something there,” he informed NPR.
The Pentagon-led evaluation of the U.S. nuclear arsenal and the insurance policies that govern it was ordered by Trump a 12 months in the past.
The Nuclear Posture Evaluate launched Friday features a graphic exhibiting Standing-6 as certainly one of Russia’s supply methods. (U.S. Division of Protection)
The report requires the introduction of each “low yield nukes” on submarine-launched ballistic missiles and the reintroduction of submarine-launched cruise missiles, or SLCMs.
The report drew blistering criticism from arms management teams for mentioning cyberattacks as an incident which may provoke a U.S. nuclear strike.
Lisbeth Gronlund, a senior scientist on the Union of Involved Scientists, mentioned the administration is blurring the road between nuclear and traditional war-fighting.
“President Trump is embarking on a reckless path — one that may cut back U.S. safety each now and in the long run,” she mentioned.