Vladimir Putin presents a super nuclear missile
In his election campaign, the president of Russia presents new weapons of mass destruction: propaganda or real threat?
At the height of the electoral campaign, in view of the presidential elections of 18 March, Vladimir Putin chooses a hot topic to drag crowds and electors: he tells the new secret Russian weapons. Among these, a special cruise missile that carries a nuclear warhead and is driven by nuclear propulsion.
During the Cold War period, even the Americans studied a nuclear-powered missile, but they never did anything: testing it was considered too risky, especially during the delicate phases of departure and – in the tests – of re-entry, when any malfunctioning could result in a nuclear disaster.
In the videos shown by Putin during his presentation (and on whose authenticity there are no univocal opinions), the missile goes around the planet, but does not go into orbit: the power of nuclear propulsion allows it to travel in the air and change course (remember it’s a missile, not an airplane).
With the cynical irony to which he has accustomed us, Putin has also shown an animation where the new missile by chance hits the villa Mar-a-Lago (Palm Beach, Florida), winter residence of US presidents.
According to the Russian president, the missile can not be intercepted, because it flies even near ground, adapting the trajectory to the morphology of the ground and therefore remaining invisible.
Nuclear propulsion is used for submarines, aircraft carriers and other ships, but it would be the first time for an object destined to fly: from the cold war to the recent Boing nuclear propulsion plan, different prototypes have been conceived, never realized. Putin says the missile has already been tested, but none of this has been confirmed (or denied) by US intelligence.
SEEING IS BELIEVING?
In addition to the new, hypothetical weapon, the arsenal claimed by the Russian president is extremely advanced: from Kanyion, the nuclear submarine drone and stealth (invisible to radar) to the ICBM Sartmat, capable of carrying 24 independent atomic warheads, each capable of striking a different target.
According to experts, this is not an electoral bluff, but skeptics are hardly wishing to see for themselves.
Whatever the reality, rumors have recently circulated also on the production by the Russian space agency (Roscosmos) of a nuclear-powered spacecraft, capable of reaching Mars in just 45 days (instead of almost six months with current technologies) . Yes, we would like to see it.