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Russia to deploy 16 nuclear dommedagsdroner on the Kola peninsula

KIRKENES, norway (The Barents Observer): There have been rumors about the new weapons system in a few years. The first time the Barents Observer wrote about the new, unmanned undervannstorpedoene which has been described as a "dommedagsvåpen", was in December 2016.

President Vladimir Putin confirmed the existence of the nuclear drones for the first time in march of last year. According to Putin were the drones able to move "in extremely deep water, inter-continental, with a speed many times larger than both the submarines, the latest models torpedoes, and all sorts of overflatefartøyer, including the fastest."

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Putin boasted also of the properties of the new undervannsvåpnene during his annual speech about the kingdom's condition, where he told that they were "quiet, highly maneuverable and almost without weaknesses that can be exploited by the enemy."

- There is simply nothing in the world that can stand against them, " said Putin in a proud, but serious tone.

32 drones

last summer left off the Russian ministry of defence a video that showed a real such torpedo. According to the Barents Observer, Russian media quickly out to state that the weapon had already been tested on "prøveområder belonging to the ministry of defence".

Now citing the news agency TASS a source in the military-industrial complex who claim that the navy has plans to place as many as 32 such undervannsdroner in kamptjeneste. Half to be deployed in Stillehavsflåten, the other half in Nordflåten.

It is believed that Poseidon (the name of the drones) will be placed on the two submarines that are expected to be inserted as part of the Nordflåten, and two that should join Stillehavsflåten. Each of the submarines will carry up to eight such drones, so that in total there will be 32 Poseidoner in kamptjeneste, said the source.

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In this case it will be stationed 16 nuclear-powered drones equipped with nuclear warheads in the Barents region. Throughout Russia's european fleet of nuclear submarines and havbaserte nuclear weapons located in Kolabukta and along the north coast of the Kola peninsula.

In Severodvinsk, the centre for all the construction of Russian nuclear submarines in Russia, are currently two specially designed submarines under construction. Both are believed to be intended to carry the new gigantdronene. "Khabarovsk" is a new, 120-meter-long submarine, while "Belgorod" is a newly built submarine of the Oscar II-class.

It's still somewhat unclear how the new weapons system is supposed to work. Either Poseidon-the drones to be placed on the subsea installations of the two named vessels, where they will be ready to fire in case krigsalarm. Alternatively, the will Poseidon-the drones being fired directly from the submarines.

Superfast

Each Poseidon will be able to carry a warhead of up to two megatons. In Putin's animasjonsvideo we see how a drone attack a group of enemy aircraft carriers. They can also be used to destroy havneinstallasjoner in the cities.

Drones are powered by a mini-atomreaktor, which gives them near unlimited radius and a speed of which should be at 200 km/h.

It has previously been written that Poseidon-the drones can dive and move down on the depth of more than a mile. For comparison, most subs only dive down to a maximum of 4-600 meters.

The Russian department of defense department of dyphavsforskning (known under the nickname GUGI) has a separate base for the fleet of spesialatomubåter in Olenjabukta, about 100 kilometers east of the border to Norway.

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