While the sheer tension between the United States and Russia is enough to be of grave concern to Americans everywhere, new reports out of Putin’s military are downright frightening.
The USSR, and Russia since, were both nations of nefarious innovation. They seem locked in a perpetual war of machines and weaponry with the United States and, to a lesser extent, the world at large. Whether it was a race into the vast reaches of space, or an ever-expanding number of nuclear ICBM’s, Russia has always had their eye on whatever coming technological prize was ahead.
And, with tensions between Russia and the U.S. at an all time high, it seems as though Putin is taking a page out of the Nazi playbook with the concept of “doomsday” mega weapons.
“A key U.S. nuclear weapons document confirms that the Russian government is developing the most powerful nuclear weapon in more than a half century. A leaked copy of the Pentagon’s Nuclear Posture Review states that Russia is developing a ‘new intercontinental, nuclear-armed undersea autonomous torpedo.’
“The existence of the weapon, known as Kanyon to the Pentagon and ‘Ocean Multipurpose System Status-6’ to Russia, was first leaked by Russian television in November 2015. A test involving the Sarov-class submarine mothership was leaked in December 2016. The Nuclear Posture Review report, dated January 2018, lists the weapon as part of Russia’s underwater nuclear arsenal.”
The sheer scope of what Kanyon can do is astounding, but, beyond that, the weapon’s payload is what truly frightens Americans.
“But what really makes Kanyon nightmare fuel is the drone torpedo’s payload: a 100-megaton thermonuclear weapon. By way of comparison, the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima was 16 kilotons, or the equivalent of 16,000 tons of TNT. Kanyon’s nuke would be the equivalent of 100,000,000 tons of TNT. That’s twice as powerful as Tsar Bomba, the most powerful thermonuclear weapon ever tested. Dropped on New York City, a 100-megaton bomb would kill 8 million people outright and injure 6 million more.
“Kanyon is designed to attack coastal areas, destroying cities, naval bases, and ports. The mega-bomb would also generate an artificial tsunami that would surge inland, spreading radioactive contamination with the advancing water. To make matters worse there are reports the warhead is ‘salted’ with the radioactive isotope Cobalt-60. Contaminated areas would be off-limits to humanity for up to 100 years.”
This terrifying possibility reiterates the vulnerability of America to clandestine, submerged attack.
Previously, there were serious concerns about the possibility that North Korea could “sneak up” on the United States utilizing their fleet of outdated diesel submarines, simply due to the stealth characteristics of the devices.