The Pentagon has confirmed that the Russian authorities is creating the world’s most energy nuclear weapon – the ‘Doomsday Torpedo’.
In line with a leaked copy of the Pentagon’s Nuclear Posture Evaluation, Russia is near constructing a “new intercontinental, nuclear-armed undersea autonomous torpedo.”
A take a look at involving the Sarov-class submarine mothership was leaked in December 2016. The Nuclear Posture Evaluation report, dated January 2018, lists the weapon as a part of Russia’s underwater nuclear arsenal. Right here’s a display screen seize, with Kanyon circled in crimson:
Kanyon is reportedly a really lengthy vary autonomous underwater car that has a spread 6,200 miles, a most depth of three,280 toes, and a pace of 100 knots in response to claims in leaked Russian paperwork.
However what actually makes Kanyon nightmare gas is the drone torpedo’s payload: a 100-megaton thermonuclear weapon. By the use of comparability, the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima was 16 kilotons, or the equal of 16,000 tons of TNT. Kanyon’s nuke could be the equal of 100,000,000 tons of TNT. That’s twice as highly effective as Tsar Bomba, essentially the most highly effective thermonuclear weapon ever examined. Dropped on New York Metropolis, a 100-megaton bomb would kill eight million individuals outright and injure 6 million extra.
Kanyon is designed to assault coastal areas, destroying cities, naval bases, and ports. The mega-bomb would additionally generate a synthetic tsunami that may surge inland, spreading radioactive contamination with the advancing water. To make issues worse there are stories the warhead is “salted” with the radioactive isotope Cobalt-60. Contaminated areas could be off-limits to humanity for as much as 100 years.
Kanyon is designed to get round American ballistic missile defenses, primarily the Floor-Primarily based Interceptor missiles primarily based in Alaska and California. Though GBI is supposed to counter small numbers of intercontinental ballistic missiles from rogue nations corresponding to Iran and North Korea, Russia desires to make it abundantly clear that it may nonetheless penetrate U.S. defenses even when they had been scaled as much as take care of bigger, extra highly effective nuclear arsenals.
Kanyon’s vary and payload makes it a lot bigger than present torpedoes. In line with submarine knowledgeable H.I. Sutton, Kanyon is 5.5 toes large and 79 toes lengthy, making it twice as massive as a Bulava submarine launched ballistic missile. Sutton additionally believes the torpedo is nuclear powered.
The Russian Navy is testing Kanyon from a Sarov-class Russian Navy submarine. The distinctive, one-of-a-kind Sarov doesn’t have any torpedo tubes of her personal, however as an alternative carries the nuclear-armed AUV externally hooked up to the stress hull.