Russia claims to have successfully tested a NUCLEAR-POWERED cruise missile that can fly forever, has an unlimited range and is impossible to shoot down
Russia claims to have successfully tested a nuclear-powered cruise missile - supposedly capable of flying for days on end as it probes weaknesses in Western defence systems.
The Russian state news agency on Friday released a video claiming to show a test of the Burevestnik missile which the Kremlin says is designed to strike over 'unlimited' range and with with unprecedented ability to manoeuvre.
In theory, the Burevestnik could fly forever because it has a nuclear power source, potentially circling the globe until remotely ordered to approach a target and hit it with a nuclear warhead.
Scientists claim to have developed a nuclear power plant small enough to fit inside the missile and power a turbojet engine - but these claims have been met with scepticism in the West.
The missile is designed to use a conventional engine for takeoff, switching to a nuclear powered power source for flight - hence its theoretical ability to be in the air for days.
If the Burevestnik actually works, the heat from the nuclear reaction inside the small reactor would be used to heat the air inside a jet engine, replacing the need for fuel.
In March last year, Vladimir Putin spoke about the weapon. He said: 'One of them is a small-scale, heavy-duty nuclear energy unit that can be installed in a missile like our latest X-101 air-launched missile or the American Tomahawk missile—a similar type but with a range dozens of times longer, dozens—basically an unlimited range. 'It is a low-flying stealth missile carrying a nuclear warhead, with almost an unlimited range, unpredictable trajectory and ability to bypass interception boundaries. It is invincible against all existing and prospective missile defense and counter-air defense systems.'
Now the Russian state news agency TASS claims the missile has been successfully tested.
A source in the missile program told the agency: 'A major stage of trials of the cruise missile of the Burevestnik complex - tests of the nuclear power unit - have been successfully completed at one of facilities in January.'
The trials 'sustained stated specifications of the reactor ensuring the missile's unlimited range', claimed the source.
A CNBC report in August citing US intelligence claimed Russia was seeking to recover a nuclear-powered Burevestnik test missile that had crash landed in the Barents Sea north of Norway and Russia.
The new Russian weaponry threatens nuclear contamination, according to reports.
'It goes without saying that if you fire a missile with a nuclear engine or energy source, that nuclear material will end up wherever that missile ends up,' said Hans Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists.
'If this missile was lost at sea and recovered in full, then you might hypothetically be able to do it without pollution, I would have my doubts about that because it's a very forceful impact when the missile crashes. I would suspect you would have leaks from it.'
Vladimir Putin boasted in a state of the national; speech in March that the missile was capable of delivering a warhead to any point in the world.
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stockers101, Swindon, United Kingdom, 12 minutes ago
Let you imagination fly free.
Obiero Adala, Nairobi, Kenya, about an hour ago
If they have not made it then they are about to make it. Nobody ever believed another missile with characteristics similar to tomahawk existed until they saw it in use,
Veritas9876, Everywhere, United Kingdom, about an hour ago
Hold on, it's has unlimited range but it can fly ten times the range of current missiles!
Longlivedixie, Arkansas, United States, about 2 hours ago
Thank you dear Russia. JUST what the world needed.
Baldrick1, Timbuctoo, United Kingdom, about 2 hours ago
It's also equipped with a Flux Capacitor so it can go back in time.
Mario Simonelli, Warwick qld, Australia, about 4 hours ago
Why was Russia rejected from joining the NATO club? Was for fear of it taking over the lead from the USA? OR was it that we cannot do without a designated enemy, to excuse our massive defence expenditures? It is a sick world when the west spends all that money to kill people.
Stopped Caring, HA Supporter, United Kingdom, about 2 hours ago
NATO was developed to keep the USSR in check, no other reason. So why would you want Russia apart of a military group thats intended to keep it at bay?
Rarkar, Winchester, United Kingdom, about 4 hours ago
Either the laws of thermodynamics have be broken or this is a right load of bull. Russia is infamous for ludicrous technological claims.
Doxer, Neverland, Vanuatu, 5 hours ago
It would be nice to try it on UK.
Doxer, Neverland, Vanuatu, 4 hours ago
That's because most of you doesn't believe we actually built it.
Joohmatrix, London , United Kingdom, 8 hours ago
Long live Putin.
Mzungu, Sodden-on-the-Water, United Kingdom, 9 hours ago
Russia has an economy smaller than the UK's and is about the same size as South Korea's. So how are they able to afford all this massive expenditure on doomsday weapons that are unlikely to ever be used?
Mikedonavon, Mount Java, Kyrgyzstan, 10 hours ago
Are we back to a cold war?
Dillz, Glos, 10 hours ago
So if you actually read the article it can fly for days. DM made up 'forever'.
SoundAdvice, London, United Kingdom, 11 hours ago
Not really worth worrying about
beaverhousen, Royal Oak, United States, 12 hours ago
Must be high tech military secrets stolen from Cuba.
EveryDayFail, Horsham, United Kingdom, 12 hours ago
What a load of nonsense
Unique, Utopia, United States Minor Outlying Islands, 13 hours ago
And Putin is 6' 4".
Garry - Liz, Gold Coast, Australia, 12 hours ago
And Donald is taller than him.
illuminated_one, Manchester, United Kingdom, 13 hours ago
As long as NATO surrounds Russia, these sort of weapons will continue to be created.
thomas20111, Ayrshire, United Kingdom, 13 hours ago
And yet they have never been able to put a man on the moon.