Russia plans to build four submarines armed with Poseidon nuclear tsunami-generating drone-torpedoes

The Poseidon is an 80-foot nuclear-powered submersible robot that can detonate outside an enemy coastal city, and destroy it by generating a tsunami.

Russia Submarine 1 July 2019

MOSCOW – Russia is ordering four Khabarovsk-class nuclear-powered submarine drone-torpedo carriers, or SSDNs that carry the Poseidon nuclear-powered submersible robot that can detonate outside an enemy coastal city, and destroy it by generating a tsunami. The National Interest reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

1 July 2019 -- The Poseidon unmanned torpedo, also codenamed Status-6 by Russia and Kanyon by NATO, was for years the subject of rumor and skepticism, seeming too fantastical to be real. But by 2016, Pentagon reports confirmed the torpedo’s existence, and in March 2018 Russia publicly unveiled a 3D-animated video showing Poseidon attacking a city and a carrier task force. Later, real-life footage of a Poseidon being launched was released as well.

No Western source has better documented and collected imagery of Poseidon and its launch platforms than naval analyst H.I. Sutton, whose years of open-source research substantially informed this piece.

By now, two submarines appear to have been built specifically to launch the Poseidon nuclear torpedo, starting with the Sarov, an experimental diesel-electric submarine with a small nuclear-reactor dedicated to charging its batteries.

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