ARMS RACE: Will Russia build a superpower nuclear torpedo?

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Russia has been pushed into an arms race by the US, and has been studying the idea of scientist Andrei Sakharov to create a superpower torpedo that is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, one of Russia’s torpedo makers Shamil Aliev announced.

“Now there is a tendency to return to ideas that have not been realized before. Now, once again, they are reviewing Sakharov’s point of view on the creation of torpedoes being 24 meters long, 1.5 meters in diameter with a nuclear warhead and 50 kilometers range,” he said.

According to Aliev, the aim of the weapon under the Sakharov concept is the “annihilation of targets on the coast by means of an explosion in water.”

“The idea was not realized not because it worked badly but because of the lack of money,” he concluded.

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Speaking before the Federal Assembly on March 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that in Russia underwater drones are capable of reaching great depths and continental range are being developed at a faster speed than torpedoes along with all types of ships and submarines.

This is all in a bid to continue modernizing Russian military equipment. Although it was left to rust after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, under President Putin, the Russian military has been full rehabilitated, so much so that spending on the military has been reduced so that it the extra funds can go towards other state-building projects.

With not only the military now fully modernized again, military equipment are now beginning to overtake their US-made rivals. The most significant is the S-400 anti-missile defense system, easily the best in the world. Not only in this regard however, Russia has also focused on creating the best fighter jets available anywhere in the world. It should be noted that in many areas, Russia has always held a competitive advantage, such as in SAM’s. Russia and the USSR before it, envisioned military conflicts as chiefly defensive ones.

Because of these initiatives, many states in the world are now preferring to buy cheaper, but more efficient, Russian military equipment.

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