The coastal base for Russia’s nuclear submarine robot – the Poseidon will be ready in the summer of 2022.
By then, the construction of the infrastructure for the maintenance and storage of this new strategic deterrent will be completed.
A storage and maintenance base, warehouses and workshops are being built for the Poseidons, where they will be trained for combat duty and launches.
The tests of its first carrier are already nearing completion. The construction of the base will extend the service life of this equipment, experts say.
The defense department has not yet announced where the submarines, armed with the Poseidon nuclear powered marine robotic complex, will be based.
At the end of 2020, the Ministry of Defense announced the successful progress of work on the complex. The crew of the first carrier submarine has already begun the practical development of the new weapon.
Hero of Russia Rear Admiral Vsevolod Khmyrov said that in Soviet times it was a common occurrence when a new ship came to the place of registration, and there was nothing there except a hastily erected floating pier.
The expert added that such a technique was then practiced, when the system was first created, and then they were thinking about how to provide it.
“But at the current stage of development of science and technology, it is no longer possible to do this,” the expert added, noting that the products for which the infrastructure is now being built are high-tech robots, which are difficult to maintain in working order.
According to the characteristics available in open sources, thanks to the nuclear power plant, the unmanned underwater vehicle will have an unlimited cruising range.
A sophisticated autopilot will allow it to hit a coastal target in any ocean.
According to analysts’ assumptions, the dimensions of the device make it possible to place a warhead in it, significantly superior in power to conventional intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Prior to the commissioning of carrier submarines, tests were carried out on the experimental submarine B-90 “Sarov”.
The first regular carrier of the Poseidons will be the special-purpose submarine K-329 Belgorod. It was built according to a modified design of the Soviet nuclear submarine cruisers 949A Antey. Nuclear drones will be located in six silo launchers.
Construction is underway for one more submarine, armed with strategic nuclear drones. According to media reports, the launch of the Khabarovsk nuclear submarine is scheduled for this fall.
Back in March 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled the Poseidon alongside the development in Russia of five more weapons designed for strategic deterrence. It was stated that they must guarantee Russia’s ability to carry out a powerful retaliatory strike against a surprise nuclear attack and make senseless the global missile defense system being created in the United States.
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