Russia’s torpedo, which could trigger radioactive tsunamis, has long been viewed as something that intimidates opposing Kremlin governments rather than a reality, said Christopher Ashley Ford.
According to our colleagues at Futurism, the former US Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Non-Proliferation raised this issue in an interview with CNN. The nuclear weapon known as the Poseidon 2M39 now has something that terrifies western leaders, especially since the radioactive waves would be so strong that they could have dire consequences.
A devastating explosion
According to Ford, Russia recently conducted military tests in the Arctic to further confirm the real nature of the threat. Note that this is not the first time this former high-ranking American official has mentioned the dangerous nature of this Russian weapon. For example, last year he told CNN that it was designed to “flood America’s coastal cities with radioactive tsunamis.” Specifically, the nuclear torpedo could squeeze its way through the water before exploding as soon as it reaches the target area.
A threat to be taken seriously
The Poseidon 2M39, first presented in 2015, has always been viewed by experts as a “paper tiger” weapon, ie threatening but harmless. “This is absolutely a project that will be used as a negotiating card in the future, perhaps in arms control talks,” Katarzyna Zysk, professor of international relations at the institute, told CNN. Norwegian Defense Studies. Now that the Kremlin appears to be pushing the development of its potentially devastating torpedo, political and military officials are stepping up to take the threat seriously.
A threat to be taken seriously. Photo credit: Shutterstock / Krasowit
Great environmental disasters
At the request of CNN, Vice Admiral Nils Andreas Stensønes, head of the Norwegian intelligence service, expressed his concerns about the risk of nuclear contamination in the long term.
Not only can the Poseidon 2M39 cause a tsunami that could already kill thousands of people, but it can also cause environmental disasters that would stretch over several decades, particularly due to radioactivity. “We are environmentally conscious. It’s not just theory. In fact, we have seen serious accidents in recent years, ”said Stensønes.