US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — While Russia has every right to increase its military presence in its own northern territories, where new shipping routes are opening up due to melting ice, four other Arctic countries are watching it with concern. They say that it is in the Arctic that Russia’s most terrible weapon will be deployed.
The Russian military is poised to test a nuclear torpedo, causing radioactive tsunamis capable of flooding enemy cities and rendering them uninhabitable for decades.
The Poseidon 2M39 submarine torpedo, named after the god of the sea from Greek mythology, with a range of 10,000 kilometers, could well reach American shores.
According to The Times, 30 of these torpedoes are planned to be deployed at naval bases in the very north of Russia in the summer of 2022, when President Vladimir Putin will also test another type of Doomsday weapon, which he spoke about in 2018, presenting the public with a dramatic simulation of a nuclear attack. to the USA.
Satellite images transmitted to CNN by space technology company Maxar show that Russia is modernizing its Soviet-era Arctic bases, in particular by expanding them with underground facilities. For example, there is such a base not far from Murmansk on the Kola Peninsula near the Norwegian border.
According to the plan, it will also house another Putin weapon – the Zircon supersonic cruise missile against enemy warships.
While Russia has every right to increase its military presence in its own northern territories, where new shipping routes are opening up due to melting ice, four other Arctic countries are watching developments with concern.
The spokesman for the US Department of Defense of the Pentagon, John Kirby, argues that the United States has certain interests in the region in the field of security policy, but the powerful militarization of the Arctic is not beneficial to anyone.
“We are closely monitoring the situation. The Arctic is also vital to the defense of the United States,” he said.
Russia’s saber-rattling is part of a new arms race reminiscent of the Cold War.
As international relations become increasingly tense, the United States, China and Russia are investing heavily in the development of new so-called supersonic weapons. All three military superpowers are working to create missiles so fast and unpredictable that they could break through any missile defense.
In 2016 and 2018, Russia has already tested the Avangard supersonic missile, which, unlike traditional ballistic missiles, can change course in flight. In December 2019, Russia, according to CNN, announced that it had equipped two UR-100N intercontinental missiles with a new warhead.
Since 2014, China has tested its first supersonic missile, the DF-ZF, nine times. Like Avangard, this rocket flies very fast and very low, so it is difficult to shoot it down.
In October 2020, the Russian military announced as a birthday present for Putin that they had successfully tested the Zircon rocket at eight times the speed of sound. And the US wants to fly even faster.
The United States was late in developing new weapons, but in the long term, it intends to create a missile 20 times faster than the speed of sound – it will fly at a speed of 24,000 kilometers per hour. It will be able to strike Moscow in less than 20 minutes after launch, and Beijing in half an hour.
So far, the superpower is working with other weapon systems and lower speeds, but it still has enough problems. The other day it was not possible to conduct a test launch of a new missile from the B-52H Stratofortress bomber. The US Air Force reported that the missile got stuck in a mechanism and returned with the plane to Edwards AFB in California.
The United States primarily focuses on conventional missiles that can be launched from the ground, ships and aircraft. The missiles, called AGM-183A, which are expected to be ready in a few years, are designed to fly at such high speeds that it will allow them to penetrate missile defenses and attack ports, air bases and military facilities.
Supersonic weapons have not yet been used in combat, but former US Navy Secretary Thomas Modly told CNN that in the future they will change the way war is waged as much as nuclear weapons have in the past century. Modley said this could destabilize the global security situation and threaten the existence of the United States.
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