A leaked copy of the Pentagon’s Nuclear Posture Review reveals that the Russian government has been developing its most power nuclear weapon in more than a half century.
The document reveals Russia is developing a “new intercontinental, nuclear-armed undersea autonomous torpedo,” which has been dubbed the Russian doomsday torpedo.
The weapon, called Kanyon by U.S. officials and “Ocean Multipurpose System Status-6” in Russia, was first leaked by Russia state-television networks in November 2015.
But new documents reveal the Russian torpedo has been developed significantly since then, where the Pentagon closely monitored a test involving the Sarov-class submarine mothership in December 2016.
In the Nuclear Posture Review report, dated January 2018, the Russian weapon is listed as part of Russia’s underwater nuclear arsenal and has a range of 6,200 miles.
Below is a screenshot of one of the leaked Russian documents:
The Pentagon is primarily concerned with the drone torpedo’s payload: a 100-megaton thermonuclear weapon. Experts say Kanyon’s nuclear power could be the equivalent of 100,000,000 tons of TNT.
The report indicates that Kanyon is primarily designed to destroy coastal areas, cities, naval bases, and ports with the mega-bomb can create a massive tsunami capable of engulfing an inland and spreading radioactive contamination.
The report comes on the heels on the U.S. also working to deter the threat of Iran and North Korea, who were allowed to strongly advance their nuclear programs while former President Barack Obama sat back and did nothing for eight years.
All of these major issues have been kicked down the road for years, and now President Donald Trump is forced to deal with it and ensure the United States is fully protected from these powerful threats.
The Pentagon has made significant strides in recent months to ensure the U.S. is more than ready to respond in the event of an attack, with Defense Secretary James Mattis giving Trump a new plan last week that gives the president more power to use the nuclear arsenal to protect the homeland.
The Pentagon and Trump administration have greatly improved our nuclear arsenal and military defense systems in the last year to ensure we can meet threats such as the Russian doomsday torpedo.