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NATO has sent an intelligence note to its member countries warning of the mobilization of the Russian nuclear submarine ‘K-329 Belgorod’, carrier of the Poseidon nuclear missile, also known as the Weapon of the Apocalypse, the Italian daily ‘La Repubblica’ reports this Sunday.
The new submarine was launched in July and is now reportedly submerged in Arctic waters after its possible involvement in the sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines, according to various unofficial sources.
NATO fears that its mission is now to conduct a test of the Poseidon super torpedo, a projectile capable of traveling up to 10,000 kilometers underwater and then exploding near the coast to cause a radioactive tsunami.
The nuclear torpedo was presented in 2018 by Russia as the way to ensure Russian military supremacy, although nuclear experts have argued that the same effect can be achieved with an intercontinental missile like those in operation since the 1960s.
The United States has activated the satellite network to track torpedoes that takes advantage of the great heat given off by the projectiles when they are activated. But they are unable to detect them under the sea.
The ‘Belgorod’ is 184 meters long and 15 meters wide and can travel at about 60 kilometers per hour underwater. It is estimated that it can go up to 120 days without having to return to the surface.
Among its arsenal is the Poseidon super torpedo, a 24-meter projectile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead of about two megatons. “It is a completely new type of weapon that will force Western navies to change their planning and develop new countermeasures,” said expert HI Sutton, according to ‘La Reppubblica’.