Vladimir Putin is testing terrifying a new ‘super-torpedo’ that could create “radioactive tsunamis”, according to reports.
Satellite images show that Russia is consolidating its grip on the Arctic by building new military bases.
Experts have warned that one particular weapon being developed by the rogue nation is of great concern – the Poseidon 2M39 torpedo.
The Russian president is said to be monitoring the stages of the weapon’s progress closely, with more tests scheduled.
The torpedo is powered by a nuclear reactor and navigates the sea floor to sneak past coastal defences, reports say.
The new weapon is said to be worrying officials in the US, with the warhead reportedly able to cause destruction that could last for decades.
As revealed in the Mirror, the weapon in time of war would be fired and set off near an enemy coastline, triggering a tsunami which would smash coastal defences and infrastructure.
Christopher A Ford, then assistant secretary of state for International Security and Non-Proliferation, previously said the Poseidon is designed to “inundate U.S. coastal cities with radioactive tsunamis”.
Satellite images provided to CNN by space technology Maxar show that the new facilities in the Arctic feature underground storage facilities.