Vladimir Putin’s huge nuclear doomsday mega submarine has been spotted by satellite after NATO previously lost track of it.
The 604ft, 30,000 ton, nuclear-powered submarine Belgorod has been snapped as fears about heightening nuclear tensions continue to rise.
It has been picked up in a part of the Arctic Ocean called the Barents Sea by expert naval observers.
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Researcher H I Sutton was the first to release the snap on September 22.
The location of the vessel is a big deal – it’s been spotted in waters that have a coastline of both Russia and Norway, which is part of NATO.
NATO issued a warning that K-329 Belgorod was also carrying an underwater drone called Poseidon, a giantnuclear-capable torpedo .
It is thought to be able to carry up to eight Poseidons at a time – each 79ft long – and armed with nuclear warheads that can travel at around 80mph below the surface of the water.
They are totally autonomous and can wait underwater on their own before moving towards their target. Test fires of the weapons are thought to be one of the ways Russia may try to intimidate Ukraine and the West.
A TV propagandist for Putin, Dmitry Kiselyov, once said it had the ability to "plunge Britain into the depths of the sea".
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A second satellite picture of Belgorod was captured on September 27 and was released bySentinel Hub.
Belgorod is the world’s biggest working sub and has earned the terrifying name the “city killer” – it can stay underwater for around 120 days at a time.
It is a modification of an Oscar II, a ship made before the fall of the Soviet Union, and carries with it a number of weapons and tools that help it carry out clandestine warfare.
Its Poseidon torpedos have been suspected to be usable against enemy warships, but have also been rumoured to be able to create ‘radioactive tsunamis’.
Admiral Igor Katasonov, the chief analyst of Putin's General Staff, said: "Unique characteristics of the Poseidon system will help the Navy to successfully combat aircraft carriers and strike groups of a potential adversary in any oceanic theatre of war and destroy shore infrastructure facilities."
Putin and his mouthpieces have spoken often about the threat of nuclear weapons and their preparedness to use them, however much debate remains about whether this is still something that could realistically happen.
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