Russia completes testing of ‘Poseidon’ thermonuclear torpedo
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced at the beginning of February the successful completion of underwater tests of its ‘Poseidon’ unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV). Factory trials are expected to begin in the summer of 2019.
First revealed in late 2015, the since named ‘Poseidon’, referred to previously as ‘Status-6’ or ‘Kanyon’, has been conceived as a fast, deep-diving, large-diameter nuclear-powered torpedo able to deliver a 2 MT nuclear strike at intercontinental range.
The 24 m long UUV armed with a nuclear warhead is designed to navigate autonomously with a maximum speed of 107 kt and detonate near an enemy coastal city, generating a tsunami wave, Russian state media reported.