Russia has been forced to abort a nuclear-powered torpedo test by one of its submarines in recent weeks, a US intelligence source has confirmed.
A number of Russian naval vessels have been spotted making preparations to conduct a test in the Arctic Sea earlier this month before suddenly departing.
It is believed the crew encountered a technical error that forced them to abandon their training exercise and return to port.
Among the naval ships was the Russian submarine Belgorod – the world’s largest nuclear submarine – said to be armed with eight Poseidon “Doomsday” missiles.
But after the setback, Russia now has a limited window to test the torpedoes before the waters in the area begin to freeze over for the winter.
“This can be seen as part of the bigger picture and Russia’s recent military practice of sending poorly trained and under-equipped troops to Ukraine,” a US official told CNN.
“Russia’s military industry is going through difficult times and we can also see that Western sanctions against high-tech military equipment are having an impact and need to be continued.”
The 604-foot, 30,000-ton nuclear submarine, rumored to have been in development before the fall of the Soviet Union, was publicly announced in 2015 and first deployed last year to escort British and US warships in the Black Sea sink.
The Belgorod is said to be able to trigger radioactive tsunamis that could destroy entire coasts with the remote-controlled nuclear torpedoes supported by artificial intelligence.
The torpedoes have been compared to drones because they can be remotely controlled to bypass defenses.
Thanks to their nuclear reactor engine, they also have a theoretically unlimited range.
The US does not believe testing the weapons would have involved the detonation of a nuclear device, but using it would have further fueled tensions with the West after Putin repeatedly threatened to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine if it faced an “existential threat”. would.
Although Putin has since tried to downplay those statements, and just last month insisted he had no need to use nuclear weapons because “it doesn’t make any political or military sense,” other Russian officials remain optimistic about their use.
Earlier this year, notorious Kremlin propagandist Dmitri Kiselyov threatened to sink Britain “once and for good” with a nuclear tsunami attack after Liz Truss made comments as foreign secretary.
Mr. Kiselyov also claimed Moscow will “turn the United States to radioactive ash” during a segment on Russian state television.
Putin himself also claimed his government would consider a nuclear strike if the Ukrainian military threatened to retake the four regions in eastern Ukraine illegally annexed by Russia, but those threats again failed to materialize after the liberation of Kherson earlier this week.
But after the collapse of Russia’s military on the front lines in Ukraine, NATO members fear Belgorod may soon become a viable option as Moscow runs out of options to help it turn the tide of the war.
In another ominous development, the sub’s commanders reportedly report directly to Putin rather than to the country’s naval leadership, making it even more difficult to ascertain the Belgorod’s true targets.
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