Russian Navy delivered largest submarine in 30 years with power to unleash ‘radioactive tsunamis’

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The Russian Navy was delivered a ‘doomsday’ submarine yesterday equipped with nuclear torpedoes ‘the size of a school-bus’ so powerful they could cause a ‘radioactive tsunami’

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The 184m (604ft), 30,000 ton Belgorod submarine is the largest sub built in 30 years and can fit six 80ft long Poseidon nuclear torpedo drones armed with an up to a 100 megaton nuclear payload, US Naval Institute News reports.

These unmanned weapons could produce a tsunami up to 500m (1,650ft) high and are built to cause ‘devastating’ widespread radioactive contamination akin to a cobalt bomb.

Poseidon torpedoes are designed to cause ‘destroy’ economically important coastal cities by ‘creating wide areas of radioactive contamination, rendering them unusable for military, economic or other activity for a long time’, according to a leaked Russian document translated by the BBC in 2015 .

The ship is believed to be equipped with up to six nuclear-armed torpedoes, each capable of carrying warheads with an explosive power of up to 100 megatons – which could cause radioactive devastation if used against coastal cities

The ship is believed to be equipped with up to six nuclear-armed torpedoes, each capable of carrying warheads with an explosive power of up to 100 megatons – which could cause radioactive devastation if used against coastal cities

The ship is believed to be equipped with up to six nuclear-armed torpedoes, each capable of carrying warheads with an explosive power of up to 100 megatons – which could cause radioactive devastation if used against coastal cities

The 80ft long Poseidon torpedo drones can carry a warhead up to 100 megatons according to leaked reports from 2015. These unmanned weapons could produce a tsunami up to 500m (1,650ft) high and are designed to cause widespread radioactive contamination akin to a cobalt bomb

The 80ft long Poseidon torpedo drones can carry a warhead up to 100 megatons according to leaked reports from 2015. These unmanned weapons could produce a tsunami up to 500m (1,650ft) high and are designed to cause widespread radioactive contamination akin to a cobalt bomb

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The 80ft long Poseidon torpedo drones can carry a warhead up to 100 megatons according to leaked reports from 2015. These unmanned weapons could produce a tsunami up to 500m (1,650ft) high and are designed to cause widespread radioactive contamination akin to a cobalt bomb

It was also revealed that the weapon has a range of thousands of miles.

A warhead of this size would destroy the US coast with a gigantic tsunami and radioactive fallout – and Russian military experts suggested that the 2015 leak was a warning to the US.

In May 2020 state-run Russian news agency TASS reported the payload could be up to two megatons to ‘destroy enemy naval bases’ and have an operational depth of over 1km.

The Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Nikolay Tevmenov said at the submarine’s delivery ceremony yesterday, July 8, that it will be used for ‘research and scientific expeditions’, according to TASS.

He said: ‘The submarine Belgorod opens new opportunities for Russia in holding various researches and helps carry out various scientific expeditions and rescue operations in remote areas of the World Ocean.’

The ship was built at the Sevmash Shipyard in Severodvinsk, the largest shipbuilding operation in Russia, and delivered to the Russian Navy Northern Fleet’s headquarters in Severodvinsk yesterday.

The handover to the Russian Navy comes after beginning its first sea trials last year reportedly under the secretive Main Directorate of Undersea Research after threats to sink British and American warships in the Black Sea.

The Belgorod is an Oscar-II missile cruise submarine, which is modified to conduct covert missions and carry the large Poseidon nuclear torpedoes

The Belgorod is an Oscar-II missile cruise submarine, which is modified to conduct covert missions and carry the large Poseidon nuclear torpedoes

The Belgorod is an Oscar-II missile cruise submarine, which is modified to conduct covert missions and carry the large Poseidon nuclear torpedoes

President Vladimir Putin's (pictured) ginormous submarine Belgorod could be used to cut undersea telephone and internet cables which could cause untold damage to Western economies

President Vladimir Putin's (pictured) ginormous submarine Belgorod could be used to cut undersea telephone and internet cables which could cause untold damage to Western economies

President Vladimir Putin’s (pictured) ginormous submarine Belgorod could be used to cut undersea telephone and internet cables which could cause untold damage to Western economies

‘On July 8, 2022, a special ceremony was held at the Sevmash Production Association (part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation), Russia’s largest shipbuilding enterprise, to sign a certificate of the acceptance/delivery of the Belgorod research submarine to the Navy,’ the Shipyard said in a statement reported by TASS.

In January this year, the Russian Navy said they would receive the ‘special-purpose sub with nuclear-armed drones’ in July 31 this year – meaning the transfer is three weeks early.

It will be operated by the navy, but its missions will be controlled by President Vladimir Putin.

The Belgorod sub was caught via satellite imagery on the surface of the White Sea along with the second biggest sub in the world, Dmitry Donskoi on June 26 according to defense analyst HI Sutton, who labeled Belgorod a ‘doomsday submarine’.

He said: ‘These subs are ginormous, much bigger than anything in the West, even the US Navy’s Ohio Class’.

A picture of a Poseidon underwater drone

A picture of a Poseidon underwater drone

A picture of a Poseidon underwater drone

One of the earliest pictures of the 604ft Belgorod, the largest submarine of its kind in the last 30 years.  It was delivered to the Russian Navy yesterday, July 8, after years of testing

One of the earliest pictures of the 604ft Belgorod, the largest submarine of its kind in the last 30 years.  It was delivered to the Russian Navy yesterday, July 8, after years of testing

One of the earliest pictures of the 604ft Belgorod, the largest submarine of its kind in the last 30 years. It was delivered to the Russian Navy yesterday, July 8, after years of testing

The sub could also contain ‘unique’ drones designed for covert missions such as cutting undersea telephone and internet cables, causing untold damage to Western economies.

Last year, Dr. Sidharth Kaushal, from the Royal United Services Institute, told The Mail on Sunday that he believed the fleet of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) could be of strategic value for President Putin.

Dr Kaushal said: ‘The Belgorod is large enough to act as a mother ship for a unique set of smaller vessels which have deep-diving capabilities and the ability to tamper with undersea infrastructure.

It’s well equipped for sabotage and clandestine operations. Its Poseidon nuclear torpedoes could also be a very effective means of attacking an aircraft carrier in wartime – one against which at present no defense exists.

“The Belgorod will not be part of the Russian Navy per se, meaning its covert and aggressive actions will effectively be deniable.

‘The submarine appears set up for non-attributable Special Forces warfare with its commanders answering directly to the [political] leadership and bypassing the Russian naval command structure.’

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