Russia is set to deploy more than 30 underwater nuclear drones that could obliterate US coastal targets in an attack

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
By Paul Martin

The Russian Navy is deploying 32 Poseidon underwater nuclear drones
It can carry two megatonne warhead and is made to destroy ‘enemy navy bases’
Four submarines fitted with Poseidons ‘will join the Northern and Pacific fleets’

15 January 2019

Moscow is set to deploy more than 30 underwater drones capable of carrying a two megaton nuclear warhead, which could obliterate Western ports, according to Russian state media.

Four submarines fitted with the torpedo drones, named Poseidon, will join the Northern and Pacific Russian fleets, state news agency Tass reports.

Each submarine can fit eight Poseidons, designed specifically to destroy ‘enemy navy bases’ and able to travel at up to 70 knots.

‘Two Poseidon-carrying submarines are expected to enter service with the Northern Fleet and the other two will join the Pacific Fleet,’ a defence industry source told Tass this week.

‘Each of the submarines will carry a maximum of eight drones and, therefore, the total number of Poseidons on combat duty may reach 32 vehicles.’

A ‘special-purpose nuclear-powered submarine’ currently under construction at the Sevmash Shipyard in Severodvinsk, a port city on Russia’s White Sea, will be one of the Poseidon carriers, Tass said.

Last year, Russian state media claimed the Navy will be able to ‘mount various nuclear charges on the ‘torpedo’ of the Poseidon multipurpose seaborne system, with the thermonuclear single warhead to have the maximum capacity of up to two megatonnes in TNT equivalent.’

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