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Russia has developed nuclear-tipped unmanned drone Poseidon: Report

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WION Web Team Russia Feb 06, 2019, 11.03 AM (IST)

Russia has developed the Poseidon, an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) which can penetrate any submarine warfare countermeasures and other enemy defence systems due to a fully autonomous control system, news agency TASS reported.

The report said the Poseidon has "intellectual and propulsion capabilities that will make the vehicle invincible and make sure that it hits the target.” The UAV will be carried by a nuclear submarine. The drone can dive 1km into the water, it added.

The drone possesses thermonuclear warheads.

The drone is still undergoing " sea trials". In a report last year named US Nuclear Posture Review, the US military had said Russia was developing a "new intercontinental, nuclear-armed, nuclear-powered, undersea autonomous torpedo".

In March last year, President Putin during an address in Parliament had said that Russia was developing a "nuclear-propelled, nuclear-capable underwater drone." The latest Russian weapons is reportedly meant as a "last resort" strike and will function as a nuclear deterrent.

A report had said earlier that Russia is set to produce at least 30 Poseidon UAVs. It is likely to be commissioned in the Russian navy late next year. The Poseidon, designated  Kanyon or Status 6 by the US military was accidentally leaked" by Russian state television in 2015.

According to the leaked information, the Poseidon's range was 6,200 miles with a top speed of 64 miles an hour.

A Tass source had said last year that the UUV has been fitted with a nuclear reactor in its hull.