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WASHINGTON — A draft of the Pentagon’s Nuclear Posture Review confirms the existence of an underwater nuclear drone made and operated by Russia, a capability the U.S. Defense Department had not previously publicly acknowledged.
“In addition to modernizing ‘legacy’ Soviet nuclear systems, Russia is developing and deploying new nuclear warheads and launchers,” stated an unclassified draft of the nuclear posture review first published by the Huffington Post.
“These efforts include multiple upgrades for every leg of the Russian nuclear triad of strategic bombers, sea-based missiles and land-based missiles. Russia is also developing at least two new intercontinental range systems, a hypersonic glide vehicle and a new intercontinental, nuclear-armed undersea autonomous torpedo.”
A chart laying out Russian nuclear delivery vehicles developed over the past decade spells out the capability yet again, including a small illustration for an “AUV,” or autonomous underwater vehicle, called Status-6.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: rickymouse
North Korea doesn't have a confirmed SSBN yet that I've heard of. They have one they're trying to develop but they haven't put it into service yet. They got a few Golf class boats, but they were for scrap. There's no indication that they were able to return them to service.
originally posted by: tadaman
a reply to: Catch_a_Fire
can't imagine them being easy to track.
It would be hard for them not to lose one. I wonder how Russia keeps track.