The “Poseidon”, the terrifying nuclear “super weapon” developed by Russia.
Moscow is currently developing a nuclear torpedo capable of causing gigantic radioactive tsunamis, a CNN investigation reveals. A threat taken very seriously by experts.
Poseidon, a divine name commensurate with the devastating ambition of this new Russian nuclear weapon. Moscow would indeed develop a Nuclear “super torpedo” capable of creating gigantic radioactive tidal waves, capable of destroying sections of the coast for decades, reveals an investigation by CNN.
The power of such a stealth weapon is unparalleled in this regard. The device is designed to contain a warhead of several megatons. Its principle: to make a path through the seabed, beyond the coastal defenses, in order to make entire coastlines unliveable.
A doomsday scenario and a threat taken very seriously by experts. Christopher Ashley Ford, the former Assistant Secretary of State for International Security of the United States, had thus alerted in November to this formidable weapon designed, according to him, to “Flood American coastal towns with radioactive tsunamis”.
Control of the Arctic at stake
Last February, Vladimir Putin himself would have asked for a acceleration of the development of the “Poseidon 2M39” program, for testing by the end of the year. But with this new kind of weapon, the objective of the Kremlin would not be only to take a further step in the new American-Russian Cold War.
The stake here would be more particularly the control of the Arctic, and the Poseidon, a new means of pressure at the negotiating table. Katarzyna Zysk, professor of international relations at the Norwegian Institute of Defense Studies, estimates from CNN, that this new type of weaponry will be above all “Used to scare”, as well as as “Trading card”.
A “sea route” under Russian control
“But to do that, he has to be credible. It must look real ”, she insists. This also explains the increasingly important presence of Russia in its territories located beyond the Arctic Circle, as on its base located on the island of Kotelny, abandoned after the fall of the Soviet Union, but reinvested by the army since 2013.
The economic dimension cannot be excluded here either. Moscow also intends to extend its influence on the “Northern sea route”, a navigation route linking Norway to Alaska, along the Russian coast to the North Atlantic. An increasingly passable road due to the melting ice caused by global warming.
By using it, container ships would drastically reduce their travel time between Europe and Asia. A serious competitor to the Suez Canal therefore, and an undeniable financial windfall for those who control it.