Russia has manufactured its first batch of high-speed Poseidon drones said to be capable of wiping out entire coastlines with radioactive tsunamis, it was reported today.
The weapon, which could reportedly cause a 1,640ft tsunami, is alleged to have a unlimited range, although details of its unique 125mph underwater propulsion system have been a closely guarded Russian secret.
The development came as a Vladimir Putin loyalist called on state TV for Britain to be ‘demolished from the face of the Earth’ as it prepares to supply Ukraine with Challenger 2 tanks.
Retired general Andrey Gurulev claimed on Rossiya 1 that the deployment of British and German tanks ‘to kill us’ amounts to crossing a red line.
He accused the UK of ‘getting cocky’, and warned the country could be wiped off the map without resorting to nuclear weapons, stressing: ‘We have to remember about London so they don’t try to steal our victory. If it did not exist, there will be victory.’
Russian propagandists have previously said the missile could cause a nuclear tsunami to wipe out Britain. Pictured: A clip from channel Russia 1 last year showing a computer-generated mock-up of a tsunami rolling towards Britain’s coast
Russian state news agency TASS reported Russia has manufactured its ‘first batch of nuclear-armed Poseidon drones’ (pictured). Russian propagandists have called for the drones to be used to destroy Britain
He also called for an initial giant nuclear test on the Arctic island of Novaya Zemlya ‘so the whole earth shudders’.
His outburst against the UK came as Russian state news agency TASS reported the manufacture of the ‘first batch of nuclear-armed Poseidon drones’.
Last year another leading Putin propagandist Dmitry Kiselyov notoriously told viewers that Russia should ‘plunge Britain into the depths of the sea’ with its ‘underwater robotic drone Poseidon’.
The Russian weapon is a giant nuclear-armed torpedo capable of causing radioactive tsunamis that destroy enemy coastlines.
In October, it was reported that Nato had sent an intelligence note to its member states warning that Putin had deployed its 604ft-long K-329 Belgorod nuclear submarine, carrier of the Poseidon.
Russia 1 shows a CGI mock-up of the feared Poseidon missile travelling through the ocean
Russia’s Channel 1 shows a CGI mock-up of Britain being ‘wiped off the map’ with the Poseidon missile
The Belgorod submarine is designed to carry Moscow’s super weapon – the nuclear-powered drones named Poseidon – which Russia claims are capable of causing nuclear tsunamis
At the time it was believed to be on a mission to test the fearsome weapon.
A source told TASS today: ‘The first batch of Poseidon ammunition has been manufactured and will be soon delivered to special-purpose nuclear-powered submarine Belgorod.’
The same source from the Russian military and defence industry said trials of core components of Poseidon underwater drones, including the nuclear power unit, had been trialled successfully.
Putin sees the Poseidon missile as key to his attack on the West, it has been reported.
Gurulev – a mouthpiece for high-ranking Kremlin hardliners – sees Britain as a lynchpin of the West’s unity with Ukraine.
He told state TV that the expected deployment of German tanks carries a historical significance that will change the conflict.
‘The appearance of German tanks on Russian territory is the cornerstone of any war,’ he said, even though – if the move goes ahead – the tanks would be for defensive use in Ukraine, and not stationed on Russian soil.
‘As soon as Leopard-2 tanks get here, be ready [for full war],’ he said.
‘Britain will supply 14 Challenger-2 tanks, you have to take this seriously. It’s against us, it’s to kill us. These guys are getting cocky. They have no brakes.
‘Should we use nuclear weapons? Why should we be embarrassed to talk about our resolve if there is a threat to Russian territory?’ he said ominously.
‘And Leopard tanks will be riding in Russia, in [our] Nazi-occupied Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions.’
In fact, these are Putin-occupied regions of Ukraine, and not Russian territory, as claimed by the Kremlin. Last year, Moscow said it had annexed four regions in the east of Ukraine, despite not being fully in control of any of them.
Russia’s K-329 Belgorod nuclear submarine is seen docked in the Arctic
He demanded: ‘Who is stopping this from happening? Start with the resumption of nuclear weapons testing. Drop the mother of [all bombs] on Novaya Zemlya [in the Arctic], so the whole Earth shudders.
‘Next time we should hit the lid of the coffin. About Britain, I said six months ago that it should be demolished from the face of the Earth.
‘This can be done without engaging the nuclear triad, without our submarine forces with intercontinental ballistic missiles, silos or mobile launch systems.
‘We have enough firepower without it.
‘But we have to make it clear – one more time and this will come.
‘Our president [Vladimir Putin] said that at this stage everything is going according to the plan of the Defence Ministry and the General Staff, this is true.
‘But I am sure that the plans do not include the presence of German tanks on our soil. The special operation has been going on for almost a year.
‘[The people are with Putin]. They will do whatever it takes to win. But we have to remember about London so they don’t try to steal our victory.
‘If it did not exist, there will be victory.’
TV presenter Dmitry Kiselyov — avidly watched by Putin and a top executive in Moscow’s powerful state media propaganda machine — told viewers in May that an option was ‘to plunge Britain into the depths of the sea’.
‘It approaches the target at a one kilometre depth with the speed of 200 kilometres per hour [125mph]. There is NO way to stop this underwater drone,’ he said at the time. ‘It has a warhead with a capacity of up to 100 megatons.
‘The explosion of this thermonuclear torpedo close to Britain’s shores will raise a giant wave, a tsunami, up to 500 metres [1,640ft] high.
‘This tidal wave is also a carrier of extremely high doses of radiation.
‘Surging over Britain, it will turn what is probably left of them into radioactive desert.
‘Permanently unusable for anything.
‘How do you like this prospect? And Putin warned about this, back on February 24 [if anyone interfered with his special military operation].’
Chief analyst of the Russian General Staff, Admiral Igor Katasonov has said: ‘Unique characteristics of the Poseidon system will help the Navy to successfully combat aircraft carriers and strike groups of a potential adversary in any oceanic theatre of war and destroy shore infrastructure facilities.’
The UK Government has announced it will deliver tanks to Ukraine, its first donation of such heavy-duty weaponry.
The UK Government has announced it will deliver tanks to Ukraine, its first donation of such heavy-duty weaponry. Pictured: A Challenger 2 main battle tank taking part in an exercise in Oman
Although the pledge of 14 Challenger 2 tanks appeared modest, Ukrainian officials expect it will encourage other Western nations to supply more tanks.
Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Ukraine could expect more heavy weapons following Kyiv’s requests to its allies. ‘The recent pledges for heavy warfare equipment are important – and I expect more in the near future,’ Stoltenberg told Germany’s Handelsblatt daily, ahead of a meeting this week of a group that coordinates arms supplies to Kyiv.
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