The Russian navy has made a possible failed attempt to test one of its new nuclear-powered “apocalypse” Poseidon torpedoes designed to trigger radioactive tsunamis from hundreds of miles away, according to US observers.
Over the past week, Belgorod and other Russian ships were spotted leaving the testing area without carrying out a test, suggesting that the Kremlin’s navy had run into some technical issues that caused it to pull the plug on the torpedo launch.
Russia now has a limited window of opportunity to try and test the torpedo again before the Arctic Sea ices over for the winter season.
Measuring more than 600 feet in length, the Belgorod is the largest submarine in the world. It is capable of carrying “doomsday” Poseidon nuclear torpedo drones, which, according to Russia, could trigger 1,600-foot nuclear tsunamis in faraway coastal cities, rendering them uninhabitable.
The maneuvers involving the Belgorod come as the US and other Western nations are watching closely for any signs that Russia might be getting ready to deploy nuclear weapons in Ukraine, especially after this week’s embarrassing retreat from the Kherson region.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a speech last month that his government never considered using nuclear weapons on the battlefield.
“We see no need for that,” Putin said. “There is no point in that, neither political, nor military.”
Back in September, however, Putin warned that his government was prepared to use “all the power and all the means” at its disposal to defend its territories, including the illegally annexed parts of Ukraine.
And during a conversation with Emmanuel Macron, Putin was said to have made a threat that invoked America’s nuclear attacks against Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II, which reportedly alarmed the French leader.
“You don’t need to attack major cities in order to end a war,” the Russian leader reportedly said.
Russia’s fearsome Belgorod submarine, officially known as K-329 Belgorod, only entered service in July. It is regarded as “the epitome of a new concept of warfare,” and the Poseidon nuclear torpedo is known as the “weapon of the apocalypse.”
A US Congressional Research Service report issued in April said that Poseidons are intended as retaliatory weapons to be used in case of a nuclear strike against Russia.