Russia reveals new sub for nuclear-armed drones
Russia unveiled one of its nuclear superweapons on Tuesday launching its first submarine capable of firing high-speed underwater drones armed with massive nuclear warheads.
The first Project 09852 submarine described as the “special purpose” nuclear powered Belgorod vessel was launched from Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk in northern Russia, the government news outlet TASS reported.
The report included a photograph of a large underwater vessel with a twin tail and wings.
According to the report, the submarine will be armed with six nuclear drones that have been labeled Kanyon by the Pentagon and Poseidon by the Russians.
The new submarine appears to be a variant of one of Russia’s Oscar-class, cruise missile-firing submarines first built in the 1992 and upgraded during the 2010s.
The report said details of the new submarine remain secret.
Mikhail Budnichenko, director of the shipyard, said during the launch ceremony that “the enterprise’s shipbuilders will fulfill all the tasks of building ships within the established timeframe and with high quality.”
The submarine will be finished while afloat and TASS quoted a defense source saying the nuclear reactor will be tested later this year, with sea trials set for 2020 and deployment by the end of that year.