In the middle of the ukrainian war and with the president Vladimir Putin Praising the capabilities of Russia’s military industry, the state news agency Tass has revealed that Moscow is moving forward with a project to build its coastal infrastructure in the Pacific Ocean to house nuclear submarines carrying the nuclear-capable Poseidon super torpedoes.. Official calculations suggest that this projectile will be available in 2024.
The infrastructure must serve for the parking of two special submarines, the K-329 Belgorod and the Khabarovsk, in Kamchatka. The Russian Pacific Fleet base for nuclear ballistic missile submarines is located on the Russian peninsula in Northeast Asia. The Belgorod has a hull of 184 meters in length with a beam of 18.2 meters and It displaces 17,000 tons on the surface and a maximum of 30,000 submerged. In combat operations, it can integrate under its keel a small nuclear submarine designed for deep-sea diving.
The Belgorod may be equipped with the Poseidon nuclear missile. this submarine was delivered to the Russian Navy in July last year, although experts believe that it may still be years until it is “ready for combat”. NATO alerted in October that the Belgorod had sailed under the waters of the Arctic, raising alerts from several countries.
The schedule announced from Russia differs from the one presented last year by the US Congressional Research Service, which said that although the Kremlin had been testing the Poseidon since 2016, the system “it could not be deployed until 2027″.
Russia said in January it had produced the world’s first Poseidon torpedo pack, with a range of up to 10,000 kilometers and capable of submerging to a depth of 1,000 meters. This projectile, already known as “weapon of the apocalypse”could hit its target “at a distance of hundreds of kilometers” and would leave the coastal strips of the attacked country completely “uninhabitable for decades” because of the radioactive waves.
This weekend, Putin announced an agreement with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to deploy tactical nuclear missiles in the coming months in response to Britain’s announcement that it will send Challenger 2 tanks packed with depleted uranium, a metal used as a weapon, to Ukraine. and that it is very effective to destroy tanks.
On March 23, the head of the US Northern Command told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Russia’s most powerful and quietest nuclear attack submarines could conduct continuous patrols near both US coasts over the next two years. General Glen VanHerck conveyed in his appearance the risks posed by Chinese and Russian cruise missile submarines operating near the United States and added that the Russian Yasen-class nuclear cruise missile attack submarines They have been deploying more frequently.