For some time now, a block in which “experts” and guest journalists threaten NATO and Ukraine to use new weapons from the Kremlin’s nuclear arsenal has become a permanent feature of Russian journalistic programs on Russian television. ‘State. Last week, animations were shown with the time and route by which ballistic missiles placed in Kaliningrad would reach individual European capitals. An attack on Berlin would take 106 seconds, on Paris 200 seconds and on London 202 seconds.
On Sunday May 1, it was Britain’s largest city that was the subject of new speculation. As the Russian TV presenter said Dmitry Kisielovthe warheads mounted in the Sarmat rocket “would be capable of destroying entire cities”, but a real apocalypse would be prepared by other weapons – Poseidon nuclear submarine drone.
It is one of six military strategic projectsannounced by the president Vladimir Poutine during the conference on March 1, 2018, even before the official name was assigned to him, hiding under a code name Status-6. In fact, the weapon was to be developed from 2015, and information about it would reach the Americans through a “controlled leak” to which the CIA agency had access.
How to pass information to NATO about a real or propaganda threat posed by Russia has been known since the days of the Cold War. The methods used by Moscow today – wanting to give the impression of having cutting-edge technology, ahead of the anti-access capabilities of Western countries – have not changed much.
Everything according to the principle – scare, operate with large numbers, design real-time losses. This is what the presenter did, saying that apart from an airborne nuclear strike, “another option is to sink Britain using the Poseidon underwater nuclear drone“, which “sails towards the target at a depth of 1 km at a speed of 200 km/h”, which “has no chance of stopping it”.
A cargo explosion just off shore would have catastrophic consequences. – The triggering of this thermonuclear torpedo off Britain could trigger a tsunami with waves up to 500 meters high, which will “plunge the British Isles into the depths of the sea” and turn them into a “radioactive wasteland ” – threatened Kisielov.
So much for the propaganda. In reality Russia is not even close to exploiting Poseidonwhich, according to NATO military experts, is not ready to fight, and its parameters differ significantly from those presented in the media.
Even if an underwater drone 2 meters in diameter and 24 meters long could accelerate to a speed of about 185 km/h (100 knots) at a depth of 1000 meters, it would have to travel to maintain its ability to masking and generate less noise that could be picked up by underwater radars, which are much slower and shallower. It is estimated at about 50 km/h at a depth of about 50 to 100 meters.
At the same time alone Poseidon’s power is shrouded in mystery – speculation will remain the use of 2 megaton warheads in the drone and cobalt charges showing increased radiation. A charge of this magnitude would certainly not be capable of causing a 500 meter tsunami wave that would “sink the British Isles”. The biggest wave recorded so far in the Indian Ocean in 2004 was 39 meters.
When in 2018 the Russians first presented pictures of Poseidon, experts from “Military Technique” pointed out significant shortcomings, incl. in ballast tanks that could regulate the depth of immersion, and the lack of facilities to support a nuclear reactor. US intelligence also concluded that Poseidon was launched on September 20, 2019 from a submarine. B-90 Sarov it could only be a model of the weaponwhich is still under construction today and is far from being used in combat.