Russia may be planning to develop a nuclear submarine drone aimed at ‘inflicting unacceptable damage’

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
By Paul Martin

Jeremy Bender
BusinessInsider.com
Nov. 11, 2015

During a regular meeting with defense officials on November 10, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed methods of countering NATO’s missile defense shield, which the Kremlin worries could neutralize the country’s nuclear deterrent.

Putin’s come up with a possible counter-measure, boasting that the Kremlin would develop “strike systems capable of penetrating any missile defenses.” Footage of the meeting includes a clear view of a document that defense officials were looking over.

The document looks at one type of “strike system” that Putin was talking about.

The document, according to the Russian Forces blog, includes plans to develop an underwater drone that could be launched from submarines in order to carry out nuclear strikes at key coastal areas. The project is known as “Ocean Multipurpose System ‘Status-6.'”

According to a translation by Russian Forces, this weapons system is aimed at “damaging the important components of the adversary’s economy in a coastal area and inflicting unacceptable damage to a country’s territory by creating areas of wide radioactive contamination that would be unsuitable for military, economic, or other activity for long periods of time.”

The drone, according to the project documents, will be launched from two new models of submarine that Russia has started developing over the past three years. The drone will also reportedly have a maximum range of 5,400 nautical miles (10,000 kilometers) while traveling at a depth of 1,000 meters.

Bill Gertz, writing for The Washington Free Beacon, notes that Pentagon officials have determined that Russia is developing a “drone submarine” that would be capable of delivering a nuclear weapon with a yield of multiple megatons. The drones could destroy port cities in the event of a war. And since they’d be delivered underwater, they’d be immune to the NATO missile shield.

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