Russia Testing New Poseidon System

  • Poseidon is a very dangerous technology.
  • Poseidon also gathers intelligence and reports back to the shore.
  • It can destroy a whole coastline.

This week, the Russian Defense Ministry announced the testing of the first nuclear powered Poseidon carrier submarine. The new technology is able to destroy a whole city. However, if ever Poseidon testing goes wrong and it explodes, it would cause a much worse nuclear disaster than Fukushima.

Poseidon was god of the sea, earthquakes, storms, and horses and is considered one of the most bad-tempered, moody and greedy Olympian gods. He was known to be vengeful when insulted.

The Poseidon previously known by Russian codename Status-6 is an autonomous, nuclear-powered, and nuclear-armed unmanned underwater vehicle under development by Rubin Design Bureau, capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear payloads.

Last year, Burevesnik exploded after testing, killing a physicist and causing a spike in radiation.  Burevestnik was a global-range Intercontinental cruise missile with a nuclear power plant.

Poseidon is a very dangerous technology. Poseidon includes a two-megaton warhead that explodes in the sea and destroys all coastal infrastructure, leaving radiation in the water. Hence, Poseidon is a symbolic name for such destructive power.

Moreover, the Poseidon is capable of continuously maneuvering along the course and depth, which, taking into account the speed and maximum depth of the course of more than 1 km, makes it impossible to defeat the UAV by the means currently available to the probable enemy.

It should be noted that the maximum underwater speed of modern nuclear submarines is about 60 km/h (30-35 knots), and torpedoes – around 90 km / h (up to 50 knots). According to various sources, the Russian Shkval torpedo-rocket equipped with a jet engine can go under water at a speed of 370 km/h (up to 200 knots), but at a distance of just over 10 km and at a shallow depth. Poseidon is also capable of creating over 60 foot tsunami, which itself can cause massive destruction.

Kilo class, Soviet designation Project 877 Paltus, is a class of diesel-electric attack submarines designed and built in the Soviet Union for the Soviet Navy. The class was built until the mid-1990s, when production was switched to the more advanced Project 636 Varshavyanka variant, also known as Improved Kilo-class by the West.

One of the unique features of the Poseidon is the liquid metal coolant reactor, which allows it to change operating modes almost instantly compared to water-water reactors. For the Poseidon, this is necessary in order to move with minimal delay from the low-energy mode, which provides a silent approach of the drone, to the full-speed mode, when it is necessary to break away from the enemy’s torpedoes. If the power in the water-water reactor is sharply increased, then an avalanche-like increase in the vapor pressure in the circuit can lead to an explosion. With a sharp increase in the temperature of the liquid metal, it expands slightly.

The Russian Navy is expected  to have two Poseidon carrier submarines that will be included in the combat structure of the Northern and Pacific fleets. Each will carry a maximum of eight drones, meaning the total number of Poseidons on combat duty can reach 32 units. If a nuclear strike is launched, the Poseidons will complete the task and move the enemy’s coastline deeper to the mainland.

Simultaneously, Poseidon also gathers intelligence and reports back to the shore. One of the most top secret division in the Russian military is GUGI, the Russian General Directorate of Deep-Sea Research. Hence, it is plausible the intelligence gathered would be collected for GUGI.

Currently, the Russian Navy has three submarines that are capable of delivering the Poseidon. The three submarines are K-329 Belgorod, BS-64 Podmoskovye, and Khabarovsk of project 098531. The scary part is these death machines can destroy the US or any other nation.

The Kremlin claims that Poseidons are only last-chance weapons. Russia reiterates it will use them only in the counter strike scenario.  However, who can truly trust Vladimir Putin or the Kremlin?

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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