Russia Secretly Building Underwater Nuclear-Armed Drone Submarine

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Russia Secretly Building Underwater Nuclear-Armed Drone Submarine
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As tensions continue to build between Russia and the United States, it has been reported that the former is building a drone submarine to deliver large-scale nuclear weapons. It is suggested by the Pentagon that this vessel will have the capability of striking U.S. harbors and coastal cities, complicating what is already a strained and historically tense relationship between the two superpowers.

Russian nuclear plans

According to reports on the subject, the so-called developmental unmanned underwater vehicle will be armed with megaton-class warheads capable of destroying ports on the US coastline. It is thought that Russia will look to particularly target ports utilized by United States nuclear missile submarines, among them Kings Bay, Georgia and Puget Sound in Washington state.

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Details of the plans are rather hard to come by at present, as this is top secret information closely guarded by the United States government. But it is suggested by leaks from close to the United States military establishment that the Pentagon has already codenamed the nuclear drone “Kanyon”; giving indication that the weapon is part of an overarching and structured Russian arms program.

US-Russian relations critical

As the geopolitical situation of the 21st century develops, the relationship between Russia and the United States is clearly central to the zeitgeist. Although tensions between Russia and the United States were supposed to have ended when the Cold War reached its conclusion and the Soviet Union disbanded, recent years have seen the two nations resume their suspicions of one another. Russia has risen from the ashes of the Soviet collapse, and rebuilt itself into a major power, not least owing to the rich mineral resources it has at its disposal.

Although the collapse of oil prices has undoubtedly weakened Russian’s position – and some have suggested that oil was targeted quite deliberately by US investors with this aim in mind – in the longer-term there is no doubt that the vast nation will retain a position of prominence in the world. Russian oil and gas is simply too important to too many nations for the country to be in the doldrums for a significant period of time, with Russian exports particularly vital for the European continent.

So as Russia becomes more prominent in the world, so the United States military infrastructure retains an ever keener interest in monitoring its strategic manoeuvres. And US officials stated that the supposed production of this nuclear drone submarine is further evidence of the aggressive strategic nuclear forces modernization that is taking place under President Vladimir Putin.

Nuclear non-proliferation complicated

This also goes directly against US foreign policy on this matter, as the Obama administration has explicitly sought to reduce the role of nuclear arms in US defences, instead of relying on a smaller nuclear force for deterrents. This is part of an overall nuclear non-proliferation treaty, which has been a defining element of nuclear policy among the world’s great powers in the early years of the 21st century.

The picture with regard to American nuclear defences could also have been influenced this week by events in Britain. The UK is, of course, the United States’ greatest ally, and the political situation in the country has just complicated its relationship with the United States, at least potentially.

With the election to the position of the leader of the Labour party of Jeremy Corbyn, Britain’s major opposition party is now headed by someone who has explicitly derided the existence of the Trident nuclear program in the UK. The UK Trident programme encompasses the development, procurement and operation of the current generation of British nuclear weapons, and the means to deliver them, but Corbyn has stated that this program will be discontinued should he ever elevate to the position of Prime Minister.

Should this eventuality occurr, then the position of the United States with regard to strengthening its nuclear defences in line with Russian plans would be seriously weakened. This may be hypothetical at the moment, but the election of Corbyn in Britain could have a significant effect on US policy over a period of time.

Russian nuclear offensive

In the meantime, the opinion among the United States military establishment is that the Kanyon program should certainly be viewed as an offensive initiative. This is considered by the Pentagon to be an autonomous submarine strike vessel that will ultimately be armed with a nuclear warhead equal to approximately tens of megatons in yield. There is no doubt that such a vehicle would be capable of creating a nuclear weapon blast causing considerable damage over wide areas.

As the geopolitical picture continues to develop in the 21st century, this latest attempt by Russia is clearly intended to give the government a stronger hand in negotiation. It is now absolutely inevitable that Russia and the United States will be on opposite sides in geopolitical disputes for the foreseeable future, and it seems that this nuclear vessel is part of attempts to provide Moscow with the ability to counteract the US.

Obama will now come under increasing pressure to delay and possibly eliminate plans to seek further reductions in both US and Russian nuclear forces, following the signing of the recent New START arms treaty. Once again, the relationship between the United States and Russia has been complicated, and the tawdry and terrifying possibility of nuclear conflict must have increased slightly.

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  1. No they didn’t. It was a memorandum, not a treaty, and it had several clauses, all of which Ukraine broke before Crimea seceded. Russia never guaranteed that the people of Ukraine would not rebel. No one could guarantee that, and no one could strip the people of Crimea of their right to self determination. Russia accepted a request for annexation, lawfully given, by a region that had exercised the same rights we gave Kosovo to secede by referendum without the permission of the country they seceded from.
    Of course, at the same time, we assured Russia that we would never expand NATO into the former Soviet Block countries – and immediately and repeatedly broke our word. Of course any treaty with the US has the same life span and strength as wet toilet paper. Never trust an American.

  2. hmm…then good luck with sanctions against China. I just can only hope that US politicians are not that insane.

    China already supports Russia.

  3. Gee, And here I thought Putin was invading other countries in defence of the Russian Speaking people that live in them. Guess what; there are many thousands of Russians that have migrated to America.

  4. There was a Star Trek show where an old mutated nuke space droan was heading back to destroy Earth. Appears we are getting closer and closer to that future.

  5. Russkies are in failing economic times that you Putin. Eventually the Russina people will get a clue
    and find a leader that is on the side of Russian People, not the only for himself current dictator.

  6. Sorry to inform you Pat. China debt even more then the US now, and their economy
    is no longer booming. Look at their stock market; proof of the failing of their corporate earnings, and then there is their housing bubble; thousands of newly built residences but no one can afford them.

  7. That will happen ONLY after Russia stops trying to re build the old Soviet Empire. Puting himself said the worst day in Russian History was the day USSR fell.

  8. That is not true. US has given up plenty of them and Russia has more. Hell Russia even signed a 3 way agreement with US and Ukraine to never invade Ukraine when Ukraine gave up all its Nukes to Russia. And then Putler invaded them. Never trust a communist; especially Ruskies.

  9. Solution is to dissolve UN as it is completely failed/failing and form new body. Drop the sanctions on Russia as US has pushed Russia against wall. Stop acting like world policeman and forcing your hegemony to those who are not w