New Pentagon’s Posture Review confirmed that Russia is in possession of an underwater nuclear drone that can carry a 100-megaton nuclear warhead. The warhead that Pentagon referred to as “AUV” is deciphered to be an autonomous underwater vehicle.
The posture review also warned highlighted Russia’s diversified nuclear capabilities gives them a strategic benefit over the US.
Huffington Post obtained and originally published the draft of the posture review. Following is an excerpt from the posture review.
“In addition to modernizing ‘legacy’ Soviet nuclear systems, Russia is developing and deploying new nuclear warheads and launchers. These efforts include multiple upgrades for every leg of the Russian nuclear triad of strategic bombers, sea-based missiles, and land-based missiles. Russia is also developing at least two new intercontinental range systems, a hypersonic glide vehicle, and a new intercontinental, nuclear-armed undersea autonomous torpedo.”
Even though it’s just a draft, Pentagon didn’t deny its authenticity. However, they did mention that the draft needs to be reviewed and approved by the President and the Secretary of Defense.
Valeria Insinna of Defense News outlined the specifications of Russia’s undersea drone. It’s officially known as Ocean Multipurpose System Status-6. According to some Russian media outlets, Status-6 has lots of capabilities – a top speed of more than 56 knots, a range of 6,200 miles and the ability to descend to the depths of 3,280 feet below sea level. The submarine has been built by Russia’s largest submarine manufacturer Rubin Design Bureau.
The review also reaffirms U.S.’s plans to come up with a full range of air, sea and ground-based nuclear missiles. However, the review makes no reference towards the US going to an unmanned nuclear weapon.
The review confirms what was suspected: The Trump administration to increase the stockpile of U.S.’s nuclear warheads.
With major powers accumulating nuclear weapons, the chances of a nuclear war have risen to historic levels. While Russia may not be part of the entire heated back and forth exchange of words, it’s the Trump and Kim Jong Un that has got everyone worried.
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