- The new technology will allow to simulate a nuclear bomb explosions for testing military equipment.
- The new test tube will be specifically utilized for the testing of the armored vehicles.
- The strength of explosion will be up to 1 megaton.
The announcement of Russia building a new pipe has been announced via the Ministry of Defense’s TV channel, Zvezda. The new tunnel, is being worked on in the 12th Central Scientific Research Institute of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation (12 TSNII Minoborony of Russia).
TSNII was established on June 25, 1950, and will be celebrating its 70th anniversary next week. The Institute conducts theoretical and experimental research in the field of the destructive effect of modern weapons on weapons and military equipment, troops and the population, military and civilian objects, and has a unique experimental and testing base that has no analogues in the country.
Nuclear-physical, electrotechnical, laser, high-frequency and other modeling installations (more than 50 complexes) provide for factor-by-factor and complex tests of weapons and military equipment samples for resistance to the effects of nuclear weapons, weapons based on new physical principles, and factors of geophysical and man-made origin in full compliance with the requirements of state standards.
The new technology will allow simulated nuclear bomb explosions for testing military equipment. It is noted by the Head of the 12 TSNII, Vladimir Chipko:
“This pipe will be special. This is a joint action pipe. It will be equipped with both explosive generators that reproduce the shock wave, and special pyrotechnic generators that will reproduce light.”
Additionally, the existing structure makes it possible to create conditions for an atomic explosion in kilotons, and the new pipe will increase the power of these tests to megatons. Moreover, the new test tube will be specifically utilized for the testing of the armored vehicles. It will have an internal diameter of the 39 feet, and a length of 1,476 feet.
1 Megatonne: 1 Megatonne or metric megaton (unit of mass) is equal to 1,000,000 metric tons. A metric ton is exactly 1000 kilograms (SI base unit) making a megatonne equal to 1000000000 kilograms. 1 Mt = 1000000000 kg.
Inside the structure, tests will be conducted to withstand shock waves and light radiation. The strength of explosion will be up to 1 megaton at the time.
The Soviet Union tested its first atomic bomb in 1949, which is 4 years after the American tests. As in the United States, the Soviet Union maintained an intensive work schedule during the Cold War: a total of 715 tests were conducted over 41 years.
The Soviets had five nuclear testing sites that they utilized. However, under the agreement, such testing was stopped. Nevertheless, US intelligence believes that Russia continued testing using the Novaya Zemlia (“New Land”) testing area. Russia denied such activities.
Overall, in 2019 the global arsenal of the nuclear warheads compounded was at 13.9 thousand. It is clear Russia has an interest in the nuclear weapon modernization, and is aggressively working on the new class of weapons as well.