On February 20, the Russian Defense Ministry released a first ever video of range tests of the nuclear-capable Poseidon unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV). The video was released less than an hour after the end of Preisdent Vladimir Putin’s annual adress to the Federal Assembly, in which he stressed that a first submarine equipped with the Poseidon UUV will be launched this spring.
The Poseidon has the following characteristics: diameter 1.6m, length 24m, weight about 40 tons, range 10,000km, maximum speed 100-186km/h, depth of operation up to 1km.
Ith is a multirole submersible system, capable of engaging a wide range of targets such as carrier battle groups, naval bases, and coast infrastructure. One of its main missions would be the delivery of a nuclear munition to enemy shores to strike important commercial targets and to inflict unacceptable costs to the enemy by creating large radioactive fallout zones, tsunamis, and other nuclear explosion effects. The UUV can also carry torpedoes, missiles, and mines to attack various surface, land, and underwater targets. It could launch missiles using a so-called Multiple All Up Round Canister, MAC. MORE HERE
In a separate statement Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu revealed that the Poseidon had already passed sea range trials and a cew of the submarine carrying the system had received the needed training.
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