VLADIMIR Putin’s underwater “Poseidon” drone capable of “destroying America with a nuclear earthquake” is in its “final testing stage”.
The Russian Ministry of Defense made the revelation while promoting its “super weapons” on the country’s Navy Day last month.
Testing of the Belgorod submarine, which will carry and launch the drones, is nearing completion and is awaiting an assembled Poseidon to test launch, officials said.
Putin’s regime first leaked information about the nuclear drone – then called the “Ocean Multipurpose System Status-6” – in late-2015.
It can travel up to speeds of 85km/h, has an intercontinental range up to 10,000km and carries a 100-megaton warhead, according to media in Russia.
Russian Navy Captain Konstantin Sivkov said recently that a Poseidon attack could cause a tectonic break up and totally destroy the North American subcontinent, reports the Jamestown Foundation via Gazeta.ru.
City-destroying earthquakes are caused when the planet’s tectonic plates grind together along fault lines.
Captain Sivkov said “the US is terrified” after Washington called on Moscow to stop the development of the doomsday weapon.
In the 2015 leak, Poseidon was said to have been developed to “destroy important economic coastal regions of the enemy and cause long-lasting massive radioactive contamination”.
The Belgorod sub can carry up to six of the nuclear drones which can obliterate coastal cities by detonating close to the shoreline creating huge radioactive tsunamis, Russian media reports.
Former State Department senior adviser Christian Whiton said a blast would create a “wave – and a highly irradiated one” but because the water would absorb a lot of the energy the wave would be less damaging than getting hit by the bomb itself.
Speaking in St Petersburg on July 26, Putin boasted about the Poseidon and Russia’s new hypersonic land nuke missile.
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He said: “The deployment of advanced technologies that have no equals in the world, including hypersonic strike systems and underwater drones, will increase naval combat capabilities”.
In 2018, the Russian President spoke glowingly about the terrifying Poseidon weapon, calling it “really fantastic.”
He said: “They are quiet, highly manoeuvrable and have hardly any vulnerabilities for the enemy to exploit.
“There is simply nothing in the world capable of withstanding them.”