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 Russische Belgorod-onderzeeër infographic
Graphic shows specifications of the Belgorod submarine.
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Russische "doomsday"-onderzeeër afgeleverd

By Jordi Bou

July 29, 2022 - The Russian navy has taken delivery of the world’s largest submarine. The Belgorod has been designed to carry the Poseidon, a giant nuclear torpedo capable of wiping out a coastal city.

At 178 metres, the Belgorod is the longest submarine in the ocean today – longer than Russia’s 175-metre Typhoon-class and U.S.’s 171-metre Ohio-class.

Experts say its design is a modified version of Russia's Oscar II class guided-missile submarines, made longer with the aim to eventually accommodate the Poseidon, the world’s largest torpedo.

One of Vladimir Putin’s six so-called “super weapons” highlighted in a fiery address in 2019, Poseidon’s 100-megaton warhead could devastate the U.S. coast with a massive tsunami and intense radiation. The Soviet “Tsar Bomba”, the biggest nuclear device ever detonated, was 58 megatons.

The Belgorod could in the next decade set the stage for a return to scenes of the Cold War under the ocean, with U.S. and Russian subs tracking and hunting each other in tense face-offs, CNN reports.

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PUBLISHED: 29/07/2022; STORY: Graphic News
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