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A recent discussion on the Russian state television program, Evening with Vladimir Solovyov, raised the prospect of Moscow deploying missiles to target Western countries supporting Ukraine.
Retired Russian commander Yevgeny Buzhinsky, who is chairman of the Russian Centre for Policy Research, warned that if Russia unleashed a nuclear attack on Britain, it would cease to exist.
The warnings come in light of the UK’s support for Ukraine. The UK became the first NATO country to announce it would send 14 next-generation battle tanks to Ukraine.
“[If NATO] sends troops, it will end up with [us using] Poseidon, of course, and a tsunami. And 300 metre [985ft] high waves,” said Buzhinsky. He claimed that the underwater robotic drone would cause a 1,000-foot radioactive tidal wave.
Note that Western propagandists label these Russians as propagandists.
Host Vladimir Solovyov clarified, “Great Britain will not exist then.”
“Yes, Great Britain will definitely be no more, I’m talking about the United States,” said Buzhinsky.
RT’s Margarita Simonyan added, “[Britain] would be drowned straight away”.
According to Newsweek, in 2018, United States and Russian officials both described Poseidon as being capable of triggering radioactive ocean swells to render coastal cities uninhabitable.
Buzhinsky also warned that the UK would be obliterated with a Sarmat 2 attack, which Moscow describes as the “world’s most powerful hypersonic missile”. It is claimed that this intercontinental ballistic missile could destroy UK in one launch.
Buzhinsky added that once tested, the Zircon hypersonic missile was about to be utilised in combat missions. The Zircon missile is a warfare weapon, intended to be launched from naval vessels, such as submarines or surface ships, and is reportedly capable of hitting both land and sea targets.
Guests on Vladimir Solovyov’s show have repeatedly warned about Russia’s nuclear capabilities and recognize that the Ukraine Conflict is a proxy war between Moscow and NATO. Last year, former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev had frequently discussed the possibility of a nuclear escalation.
According to TASS, the first batch of Poseidon torpedoes has been produced and will shortly be dispatched to outfit the Russian Navy submarine Belgorod. Although the report does not specify how many torpedoes are in the batch, navy analyst HI Sutton estimates Belgorod is built to carry up to six poseidons simultaneously.
“With a large megaton warhead, the Poseidon would undoubtedly cause damage,” Professor Andrew Futter, a University of Leicester academic and nuclear weapons expert, told MailOnline. The tide in the Thames would surge towards buildings and millions of people could potentially die in the blast. There would be a lot of damage. The reality is that a 100 megaton blast, even in the water, would be massive. And Dr. Rod Thornton, a security expert at King’s College London, says that the Poseidon torpedo would ‘wipe out’ any cities close to the explosion, whether it be London or New York in the US.
Poseidon is a giant nuclear-capable torpedo that approaches its target at a one kilometre depth with the speed of 200 kilometres per hour (125mph). Once launched, there is no way to stop the underwater drone. Poseidon measures around 65 feet long and 6.5 feet wide. It has a warhead with a capacity of up to 100 megatons. The explosion of this thermonuclear torpedo will raise a giant wave, a tsunami.
Specific details regarding the high-speed underwater propulsion system of the atomic-powered underwater drone are not available as it is believed to be top secret. A weapon like Poseidon might theoretically be launched from a port or a naval base, but mounting it on a submarine makes it harder to find and neutralize.
Poseidon is reportedly equipped with a 2-megaton thermonuclear warhead, the biggest any country has used in decades, equal to 2,000 kilotons of TNT. The weapon moves far slower than an intercontinental ballistic missile and is still unstoppable.
The weapon is anticipated to travel at a speed of about 70 knots, which is fast enough to make it practically impossible for torpedoes to intercept it. Also, it is unreachable due to its working depth—possibly 1,000 meters (3,300 feet). To intercept it, Western planners will need to create new weaponry. And that will require a significant amount of time and money.