A top-of-the-line Russian nuclear-powered submarine has disappeared from its port in the Arctic along with its rumored “doomsday weapons,” according to multiple reports.
NATO reportedly warned members that Russia’s Belgorod submarine no longer appeared to be operating out of its White Sea base, where it has been active since July. Officials warned Russia may plan to test Belgorod’s “Poseidon” weapons system, a drone equipped with an atomic bomb which Russia has claimed is capable of creating a “radioactive tsunami”, according to Italian media.
The drone can be deployed from the submarine at any time and detonated at a depth of 1 kilometer near a coastal town. Russian state media have claimed the device can create a 1,600-foot wave that slams into the coast and irradiates it.
The 600-ft. submarine was delivered to the Russian Navy in July as part of Russian President Vladimir Putin top secret program aimed at developing and operating a series of a new class of “superweapons.”
Strategic intelligence expert and author of “Putin’s Playbook” Rebekah Koffler warned that Russia’s use of such a weapon would only come as a last resort “in the event that Russia and the United States are in a direct kinetic war and Russia loses.”
Koffler says the device likely won’t be operational until 2027, but Putin may be testing it as a means of intimidating both Ukraine’s NATO allies in the West. Putin has warned that Russia’s potential use of nuclear weapons “is not a bluff.”
Belgorod’s location remains publicly unknown as of Monday, a situation that is not particularly surprising to Koffler. She says Russian submarines have some of the best stealth capabilities in the world and have even entered US waters undetected in the past.
“There have been times when Russian nuclear-powered attack submarines, armed with long-range cruise missiles, operated undetected for weeks close to US shores,” Koffler told Fox News Digital.
In one incident in the early 2010s, a submarine was not detected until it left US waters.
“My colleagues from the Office of Naval Intelligence got a serious dressing down from a 4-star general” after the event, Koffler said.