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The Washington Post: a new Russian unmanned underwater vehicle should raise the alarm

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Over the years, the development of Russian strategic nuclear forces has excited the minds of foreign politicians, military, experts and the general public. Moreover, Russia regularly implements various programs and launches new projects, which become another cause for concern for foreign specialists. Not so long ago, one of these reasons was a certain project of the multifunctional underwater vehicle “Status-6”, which, according to some data, can be equipped with a nuclear warhead. Despite the specific situation with the lack of information, this development still attracts the interest of specialists and the public, and also becomes a reason for the emergence of concerned publications in the press.


27 December The American edition of The Washington Post published an article entitled “New Russian unmanned underwater vehicle should raise the alarm”), which outlines the features of Moscow’s official plans for nuclear power development. in part of some new projects. As is clear from the title, the authors of the material came to not very pleasant and optimistic conclusions.

The authors of The Washington Post begin their article with a reminder of strategies to use nuclear weapons. They note that since its inception, nuclear weapon It was proposed for the destruction of two main classes of targets: military facilities and cities with industrial enterprises. So, the only cases of real combat use of atomic bombs were the attack of cities (Japanese Hiroshima and Nagasaki, August 1945 of the year). Shortly after the end of the Second World War between the United States and the Soviet Union, the Cold War began, during which the strategy of using nuclear forces was based on the principles mentioned above.



Most strategic missiles with nuclear warheads were aimed at military targets, primarily enemy missile bases. Such a strategy in foreign practice is referred to as Counterforce. In turn, a smaller part of the deployed missiles was aimed at cities and industrial enterprises. Nevertheless, it was the possible use of rockets against cities that was firmly established in the public consciousness, and also became one of the foundations of the concept of mutual guaranteed destruction, in which the two superpowers constantly held each other at gunpoint.

The atomic bomb as a city destroyer has always been a great ground for fear. Fortunately, American journalists say, the number of nuclear warheads has significantly decreased in the past two decades. Nevertheless, in their opinion, someone wants to return the already gone into history the era of "nuclear fear", which is why the corresponding question arises: who wants it? The answer to this question, in the opinion of the editors of The Washington Post, may be the last news from Russia.

More recently, it became known that the Russian industry is creating a promising unmanned submersible. In November last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with the leaders of the military and defense industry in Sochi. During this event, the operator of one of the television channels captured the participant of the meeting, who was holding a sheet with charts and some data on the “ocean multi-purpose system” project under the designation “Status-6”. Shortly after a similar disclosure of information about the project, representatives of the Kremlin said that information about this development should not have been made public, and the corresponding cadres disappeared from the reports. However, by this time a single frame of great interest had spread across the global network.

According to American authors, Russia is creating a tactical nuclear weapons system that will be able to penetrate the harbor imperceptibly and destroy the target with the help of the undermining of a warhead and the subsequent formation of a large wave. This method of attack can be used to attack naval bases of surface ships or submarines. In addition, it is possible to cause some damage to coastal cities and their enterprises. According to data from the November meeting, the main task of the Status-6 system is “defeating important objects of the enemy’s economy in the coastal area and causing guaranteed unacceptable damage to the country’s territory by creating zones of extensive radioactive contamination unsuitable for military, economic and a different activity for a long time. "

The authors of The Washington Post remind that there are currently no international treaties regulating the development of tactical nuclear weapons. The Status-6 system falls into this category and, as a result, does not fall under any existing restrictions. In addition, it is noted that the United States, Russia and China are currently engaged in the active development of their conventional and nuclear weapons.

Despite the lack of information on the promising Russian project, the article “Russia should raise alarm bells” contains some assumptions about the prerequisites for its appearance. The Washington Post journalists suggest that the Status-6 project may be another expression of V. Putin’s desire to respond to the US missile defense system with asymmetric measures. If this is true, then American journalists see it as a threat. The emergence of unmanned underwater vehicles can expand the threat of a nuclear attack and bring them to completely new areas.

At the end of their article, American authors complain about the current, as it seems to them, situation in Russia. They regret that in Moscow there will not be much debate about a promising project. According to them, “Mr. Putin” controls the media and parliament, which is why his “military adventures” are almost not controlled.

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As you can see, the project of the ocean multi-purpose system "Status-6" continues to be a relevant topic. The first and, as it turned out soon, the latest data about him appeared quite a long time ago, but it still remains the topic of active discussions, and also leads to the appearance of relevant publications in the press. It is worth recalling once again that all disputes and discussions began with the accidental diversion of just one slide from the presentation, which one of the participants in the meeting in Sochi got acquainted with.

Like many other foreign publications on the development of the Russian armed forces, The Washington Post’s “New Energy and Peaceful Behavior” article is filled with “politically literate” clichés relevant to the current international situation, such as Mr. Putin’s “military adventures” etc., but still not devoid of logical and sensible thoughts.

The authors of the publication quite rightly point out that the appearance of an underwater unmanned vehicle that is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and playing the role of a superpowerful torpedo can significantly change the situation on the seas and in coastal zones. These fighting qualities make the Status 6 project a serious concern. An additional factor aggravating the situation is the absence of international agreements governing the creation and deployment of tactical nuclear weapons, which, as expected, will be the prospective Russian system.

Interesting findings of American journalists concerning the prerequisites for the emergence of the project "Status-6". According to them, a promising underwater vehicle could be the next asymmetric response to the construction and deployment of the United States missile defense system. It must be admitted that this version has the right to life. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated plans to respond to the US missile defense system with asymmetric methods. In the context of the latest news, this means that in the event of a weakening of the retaliatory strike of intercontinental missiles by means of a missile defense system of a probable enemy, a strike at the naval bases will be carried out with the help of unmanned aerial vehicles with nuclear warheads. At the same time, effective counteraction against such systems is associated with a host of difficulties of various kinds.

The first and last information about the status-6 ocean multi-purpose system appeared in early November last year, after which the new information did not fall into open access. Nevertheless, despite the lack of information, domestic and foreign experts continue to discuss an interesting topic and come to certain conclusions. According to the authors of The Washington Post, expressed in a recent article, the new Russian project should be cause for alarm.


The article “Russia's new underwater nuclear drone should not raise alarm bells”:
https://washingtonpost.com/opinions/russias-ship-of-terror/2015/12/27/b2085ee0-a9bb-11e5-bff5-905b92f5f94b_story.html
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  1. Floock
    Floock 12 January 2016 06: 17
    +7
    It seems they agreed that it was a thick MO trolling?
    On the other hand, there is a version that the tsunami that caused the Fukushima accident is a test of such weapons by the Americans.
    The device is scary of course. Let them do it. We are not like that - the world is like that.
    1. mitya24
      mitya24 12 January 2016 09: 24
      +5
      V.F. Zhirinovsky: ".... At night, our scientists, will change the gravitational field, the earth ..." - this is trolling so trolling
    2. abrakadabre
      abrakadabre 12 January 2016 09: 46
      0
      And my opinion is that such a device should not be undermined in an underwater position, but simply in this form go to the line of attack. And then - a mortar launch from an underwater position as on strategic missile carriers and the delivery of a charge of medium and low power to the chosen target.

      A kind of single-shot automatic submarine with nuclear weapons. Moreover, it strikes not from an intercontinental range, when the missile defense system has at least some time to respond, but actually from the "exceptional" piers themselves.

      If such a missile is supplemented with energy and maneuvering algorithms like Iskander missiles (or ultra-low-altitude delivery with envelope relief), then the air defense / missile defense will simply not have a chance to intercept it. Neither in response time, nor in the possibility of calculating the trajectory, nor in energy.

      Of course, such a complex does not exclude the possibility of self-undermining in the underwater position. As an option for regular use and / or when it is impossible to carry out a rocket launch. For example, upon detection and attempt to neutralize under water.
      1. AUL
        AUL 12 January 2016 10: 36
        +1
        But if grandmother had four wheels, then it would not be a grandmother, but a stagecoach!
        Status is a proposed, calculated and justified system, but you propose to remake it in a completely different one. Perhaps in a workable one - I don’t know. Before offering, it is necessary to think over, justify and calculate not only the design, but also the production, operation and, God forbid, the methods of using such a device.
        1. abrakadabre
          abrakadabre 12 January 2016 11: 04
          -3
          What are you so excited about?
          Do you have detailed documentation for the system in question that you so categorically assert about the tactics of its application? Or like everyone else, based only on the photo in the article?
        2. mav1971
          mav1971 12 January 2016 21: 33
          -1
          Quote: AUL
          But if grandmother had four wheels, then it would not be a grandmother, but a stagecoach!
          Status is a proposed, calculated and justified system, but you propose to remake it in a completely different one. Perhaps in a workable one - I don’t know. Before offering, it is necessary to think over, justify and calculate not only the design, but also the production, operation and, God forbid, the methods of using such a device.


          who calculated?
          For example, I don’t see the slightest sense in modern conditions.
          I just don’t see logic.
          You still dora gun repeat.
          Now restore it - and justify it.
          In our realities.
          Here it is the same.
          stupid and useless.
          Economically ruinous.
      2. opus
        opus 12 January 2016 14: 49
        +4
        Quote: abrakadabre
        And then - a mortar launch from an underwater position as on strategic missile carriers and a charge delivery of medium and low power to the chosen target.

        And why then "goat button accordion"?
        1. have:

        2. why reinvent the "wheel"?
        3. like this mondula (circled in blue)

        can carry out
        Quote: abrakadabre
        submarine mortar launch

        ?
        On the ass will rise, or what?
        But how can the launch corridor withstand?
        and what
        Quote: abrakadabre
        single charge
        PU fit there? and what rocket?
        Quote: abrakadabre
        but actually from the piers themselves "exceptional".

        how will she sneak into it and doze off?
        SOSUS? Hunter-Killer Group (HUK)? AN / SSQ-2? AN / ASQ-8? AN / ASR-3? OSG?
        how to get a signal to attack if she
        Quote: abrakadabre
        automatic submarine with nuclear weapons

        will float? will release a buoy receiving antenna and wait?

        SURFASS-LFA and AN / SQQ-89 (v) 15, GAS ATAS, CAPTAS, LFAS / ATBF2, LFASS, SLASM, new aircraft and position-maneuverable sonar systems, GAS AN / WQT-2 specialized Impeccable sonar vessels , bistatic (multi-position) HAS with low-frequency (300Hz - 2kHz) active "backlight" and reception of the reflected signal on GPBA-will not leave a chance in the 250 mile zone off the US coast

        guaranteed range of detection of underwater targets in the shallow sea up to 50–70 km and much more with the use of multi-position search systems (for example, GAS submarines) ....

        Quote: abrakadabre
        If such a rocket is added with energy and maneuvering algorithms like Iskander missiles

        we still have to cram such an "Iskander" into
        Quote: abrakadabre
        A kind of single-shot automatic submarine with nuclear weapons
        then "stand on the priest", and it is also necessary to EXACT positioning of the launch point (the coordinates of the launcher to put in the head), meteorology at the launch point and on the flight path.
        Otherwise, the KVO will stop a hundred meters.
        1. Tektor
          Tektor 12 January 2016 16: 24
          0
          The main advantage of such a system in comparison with the available means of attack is surprise, ie, in other words, "short flight time". An analogue of their 3 missile defense position area ... am
          1. opus
            opus 12 January 2016 17: 50
            0
            Quote: Tektor
            - surprise, i.e., in other words, "short flight time"

            I don’t argue ...
            but torpedoes do not fly yet.
            И
            Quote: Tektor
            The main advantage of such a system
            -This is invisibility, dormant status. And also a total sweep.
            But this is my opinion

            Quote: Tektor
            An analogue of their 3 positional missile defense area ...

            3rd PR missile defense?
            At the third stage, at the turn of 2018, a missile defense base will be built in Poland. It is also planned to constantly improve the characteristics of anti-ballistic missiles and build the capacity of the command and control missile defense system.
            nevertheless, ABM defense means, but not attacks.
            Our counterpart would be in Greenland
    3. mav1971
      mav1971 12 January 2016 21: 26
      -1
      Quote: Floock
      It seems they agreed that it was a thick MO trolling?
      On the other hand, there is a version that the tsunami that caused the Fukushima accident is a test of such weapons by the Americans.
      The device is scary of course. Let them do it. We are not like that - the world is like that.


      Do not confuse.
      The Fukushima accident was caused by earthquakes, the epicenter of which was underground, not underground.

      The tsunami was a consequence. For the power of this earthquake was such that the whole island of Honshu moved 3 meters to the east.
      What are your children there 100 Megatons.
      Yes, even though the 1 is gigatonne, it’s still a kindergarten compared to the natural energy of the 9 ball earthquake ...
  2. Same lech
    Same lech 12 January 2016 07: 13
    +4
    There are currently no international treaties that would govern the development of tactical nuclear weapons. The “Status-6” system is included in this category and, as a result, does not fall under any existing restrictions.

    Excited, then fall for the bait ... maybe everything is true or maybe not smile
    guess guess.
    1. Sasha Belyaeva
      Sasha Belyaeva 12 January 2016 07: 34
      +3
      Quote: The same Lech
      Excited, then fall for the bait ... maybe everything is true or maybe not and guess what.




      bully
  3. aszzz888
    aszzz888 12 January 2016 07: 45
    +2
    It is worth recalling once again that all disputes and discussions began with the accidental leak of just one slide from the presentation, which one of the participants in the meeting in Sochi got acquainted with.


    A "accidental" or "leak"?
    So let the elbows gnaw the mericatos. And for all their worldly filth, washing them into the ocean is not such a terrible punishment. angry
    1. musorg
      musorg 12 January 2016 11: 16
      0
      No, this is a warning. It's time to stop gentlemen from the State Department!
  4. Belousov
    Belousov 12 January 2016 08: 04
    +2
    A very muddy story with a "leak". Even in the 90s and early 2000s, there were no such blunders. So it seems like MO trolling is too thick, but too thick. Shtatniki seem to be led, or maybe they pretend that they were led. I suspect that if we find out the truth, then in 40-50 years.
    1. Letnab
      Letnab 12 January 2016 08: 29
      0
      or maybe we’ll find out earlier, after the first shot from a potential enemy ...
    2. The comment was deleted.
    3. tol
      tol 12 January 2016 08: 55
      0
      It's not even trolling, but a hint), usually there is a drain of not very relevant systems)
  5. Vedroid 5.0
    Vedroid 5.0 12 January 2016 08: 55
    +1
    So far it has been the other way around. Remember SOI - the United States did stuffing, and the USSR was forced to spend energy and money on the search for counteraction to the imaginary threat. Well, it would be nice to have a couple of threesome horror stories more likely to throw to our dear overseas friends.
  6. NEXUS
    NEXUS 12 January 2016 10: 12
    +1
    Status-6 is a topic from the same field as the Star Warrior program, although more feasible and not costly. Do we have such developments in our company? I think so, but not in the form that the MoD submitted. On the one hand, it can to be disinfectant, and on the other hand, this can be a distraction from real and important developments. As with magicians, any trick is a distraction.
    1. mav1971
      mav1971 12 January 2016 21: 59
      0
      Quote: NEXUS
      6 status is a topic from the same field as the star warrior program, although more feasible and not costly ....


      Sorry, but this is a terribly expensive topic.
      You just never thought how much.
      R&D - billions of dollars.
      For a system to be really "dangerous" for an adversary, it must be quantified.
      Those. at least 3 "wunderwaffe" on the Tikhiy and at least three on the North.
      Accordingly, you need 6 new media. Why new? Yes, alteration of the old media and in addition to ensure the desired performance in terms of noise will be more expensive.
      Another 2 billion dollars.

      And the defense is very simple.
      Really worthy of coastal goals for such a prodigy - 3-5 on each coast.
      Covering them is cheaper. than make one status 6.
      Acoustic active and passive systems broadband and spaced, deep networks on the most to control the problematic topography of the bottom and field of modernized Captors based on the advanced MKNUMX.

      And it will cost them a penny. By the standards of modern weapons.
      For a Captor costs 30-50 thousand dollars. For a billion, you can rivet at least 20 thousand pieces.
      The Captors field, divorced by hydrology, topography, depths, and ranges in a normal 3D map, is a terrible force.
  7. Mikhail3
    Mikhail3 12 January 2016 10: 28
    0
    No topic in the world (surprising as it may seem) is so filled with lies, hypocrisy and self-deception as the topic of the use of nuclear weapons. It's funny to hear all this nonsense about "targeting nuclear weapons at industrial facilities" and other nonsense. The bad news is that people use this nonsense as a kind of basis for thinking, and even for making decisions! Alas, I suspect that among our authorities (whose representatives from the "military industry" dare to say something like that - we need to demand from all over the world patent royalties for the pirated manufacture of AK, which show their intellectual level, practically indistinguishable from zero), there are a lot of people who form the military solutions, but completely captured by various nonsense.
    What is the aim there? The war with the use of nuclear weapons is genocide! It will not work otherwise if the enemy does not surrender in the first half hour after the attack. And then, for proper insurance, you should immediately occupy its entire territory if it also has nuclear weapons. That is, we could apply nuclear weapons for example against Turkey, and achieve a military victory (if we do not consider the general situation). But the US will have to be completely destroyed! Or we will get a retaliation on our heads. The United States must do the same with us if they decide to use nuclear weapons.
    Therefore, it makes no sense to consider all kinds of "local scenarios". "Status 6" is not for cleaning some harbors. It would be just a transfer of funds and a guarantee of defeat. We'll have to wash off both coasts of the United States and then thresh on the continental part. To unleash the arms race more strongly, experts make "predictions" and "recommendations" with diligently blindfolded.
    Because the real state of affairs cannot be considered, it is much less profitable. All this missile defense has completely exhausted itself, starting a global nuclear conflict now with the launch of ballistic missiles is already some kind of transcendental level of cretinism. With which the Russian leadership is still not burdened, despite some prominent representatives ... But there are already cut channels established for decades on missile defense. And against other kinds of threats, billions will have to be spent on real work, and not transferred to offshore, as they used to. Engineers need to be found somewhere, and they’ve been fired for about thirty years ... there is nothing to worry about.
  8. sa-ag
    sa-ag 12 January 2016 11: 22
    0
    a nuclear arms race, that’s what it was already in the second half of the 20th century, and nuclear depth charges also took place, so that's all, especially when you read that the product moves at 100 (!) knots and at a depth of 1000 meters and at the same time it doesn’t make noise, I immediately remember the record for speed and noise of the project 707 Lira, there were 40 nodes
    1. abrakadabre
      abrakadabre 12 January 2016 12: 02
      0
      In more detail, what kind of products are these, silently moving at speeds of 100 nodes and depths of 1000 meters, are we talking about?
      1. mav1971
        mav1971 12 January 2016 22: 23
        0
        Quote: abrakadabre
        In more detail, what kind of products are these, silently moving at speeds of 100 nodes and depths of 1000 meters, are we talking about?


        Duc about entot the most status-6. Speech and goes.
        which supposedly goes at a depth of 1000 meters, even at a speed of 100 knots, and whose supposedly range of emitted acoustic noise is shifted to a zone unattainable for acoustic sensors.
        Ага.
        Not otherwise read fiction.
    2. Vadim237
      Vadim237 12 January 2016 12: 10
      0
      And about extensive pollution - if this torpedo explodes then it will cause pollution mainly of the ocean on which it will be tested.
      1. abrakadabre
        abrakadabre 12 January 2016 13: 04
        0
        And this will be the main result of such an undermining. And not every tsunami there.
      2. mav1971
        mav1971 12 January 2016 22: 29
        0
        Looking at the Gulf Stream map, we understand that our entire north, absolutely all, will also become dead in 30 days. Even if no one wanted to bomb him and didn’t bomb him.
        In the Pacific Ocean - months 4-5.
        And after a rose of winds and our vast country in a couple of months, a big kirdyk. Through precipitation.
        1. Vadim237
          Vadim237 13 January 2016 00: 52
          0
          Yes, if such a powerful cobalt thermonuclear torpedo of 100 megatons is blown up, a huge nuclear sultan will appear in which most of the decay products will remain, the explosion will cause a tsunami that will wash everything off the adjacent coastal territory, but then the radioactive water will then return back to the ocean.
    3. spravochnik
      spravochnik 12 January 2016 23: 54
      0
      Quote: sa-ag
      a nuclear arms race, that’s what it was already in the second half of the 20th century, and nuclear depth charges also took place, so that's all, especially when you read that the product moves at 100 (!) knots and at a depth of 1000 meters and at the same time it doesn’t make noise, I immediately remember the record for speed and noise of the project 707 Lira, there were 40 nodes


      You are a great traveler. Champion in speed and noise pr.661 Anchar (44,7 knots). And Lyra is pr. 705. And her speed is 42 knots.
  9. V
    V 12 January 2016 16: 37
    +1
    We must destroy the enemy before he destroys us! This is the logic of any war ... and the war is already striding with might and main across the planet. And when a charged TT lies in your pocket, it lives calmer. With all my heart I hope that the Status 6 system is not messy, but a real argument in the future that can always be brought to the nose of the enemy if he wants to fart towards our country ...
    1. Vadim237
      Vadim237 13 January 2016 00: 54
      0
      Quickly destroy the enemy with a torpedo will not work, but the ICBM will do it in 20 minutes.
  10. Alekseits
    Alekseits 12 January 2016 18: 39
    0
    Quote: Virus 2015
    We must destroy the enemy before he destroys us! This is the logic of any war ... and the war is already striding with might and main across the planet. And when a charged TT lies in your pocket, it lives calmer. With all my heart I hope that the Status 6 system is not messy, but a real argument in the future that can always be brought to the nose of the enemy if he wants to fart towards our country ...

    Related article: http://www.nationaldefense.ru/includes/periodics/armedforces/2015/1214/145317358
    /detail.shtml
  11. sharp-lad
    sharp-lad 12 January 2016 23: 23
    -1
    If this is really true ... then this will be the coolest bolt for the most exceptional Amer ..op! repeat