Pentagon talks about asymmetric threat to US nuclear forces

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The latest Russian missiles and unmanned underwater vehicles pose an asymmetric threat to US non-nuclear forces. This was announced on Thursday, December 12, by the deputy assistant secretary of defense for nuclear matters.

As an example, he cited the development of Russian missiles with a nuclear power plant such as the Petrel and submarines Poseidon.

“Why does Russia strengthen its existing potential and draws attention to the technological challenge … by (developing. – Ed.) A long-range uninhabited underwater vehicle equipped with a nuclear power plant (Poseidon. – Ed.), Hypersonic cruise missiles, cruise missiles with a nuclear power plant (“Petrel.” – Ed.)? .. Because it is a challenge to our non-nuclear forces, ”Fanta said.

He added that the creation of such weapons is an asymmetric threat to US non-nuclear forces and the shortest way for Russia to close the gap with the “superior non-nuclear forces” of the United States.

The decision to launch the development of the Russian intercontinental cruise missile of unlimited range with the Burevestnik nuclear power plant was made in December 2001 after the United States withdrew from the 1972 Treaty on the Limitation of Anti-Ballistic Missile Defense. For the first time, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the appearance of such weapons in a message to the Federal Assembly on March 1, 2018.

At that time, the Russian leader spoke about the development of Poseidons, which will be deployed on nuclear submarines and will be part of the so-called ocean multi-purpose system.

Work on these drones is included in the state armament program for 2018–2027, before its completion, Poseidon should be transferred to the Navy.

In September, United States intelligence reported that Russia has been ramping up work on unlimited range cruise missiles with the Burevestnik small-sized nuclear power plant and will put them into service earlier than planned within six years.


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