Leaked Report Confirms Russia Is Building World's Most Powerful Nuclear Weapon
In an era of satellite sabotage and lasers, it's easy to forget that nuclear weapons are still major threats to international security.
In fact, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has moved forward the minute hand of their Doomsday Clock by 30 seconds recently because the threat of nuclear war looms bigger than ever these days.
Compounding that is recent news that Russia is constructing a new weapon called Kanyon, also known as "Ocean Multipurpose System Status-6," which will carry the largest nuclear payload ever: 100 megatons, twice the size of the infamous (and comically huge) Tsar Bomba, which was the largest nuclear weapon ever detonated.
What sets Kanyon apart, however, is that it isn't an ICBM or even a conventional airborne bomb—instead, it's a nuclear torpedo.
You might be asking what target in the ocean needs to be destroyed with 100 megatons of nuclear power (are they trying to kill the city of Atlantis?), but the real purpose of the bomb appears to be something unexpected: when detonated off a coastline, the huge explosion of Kanyon may be able to create a giant, radioactive tsunami.
As Futurism notes, infusing the bomb with additional radioactive elements like Cobalt-60 could further irradiate whatever the tsunami strikes, making the area uninhabitable.
In the past, US military officials have noted that jamming a key satellite for only a few minutes could mean the difference between intercepting a nuclear launch and missing it completely—intercontinental ballistic missiles are fast, and you need a lot of advanced warning to shoot them down.
This isn't the case with Kanyon, however: according to leaked information about the torpedo, its top speed is about 115 miles per hour, as compared to an ICBM's general speed of 15,000 miles per hour (roughly Mach 20). However, if a Russian sub could sneak close enough to a target without being detected, it's difficult to know how Kanyon could be stopped once it's launched. That is, unless a particularly big whale was willing to pull an Iron Giant...