Putin Shows Off Russia's 'Invincible' Nuclear Missile by Nuking Florida
No one should be surprised by anything Russia does at this point, but that doesn't mean that we can't be worried and cautious.
According to new reports, at a recent state-of-the-nation address, Vladimir Putin boasted about his military's capabilities and tech, which allegedly includes a high-speed underwater nuclear drone capable of targeting aircraft carriers and land bases, hypersonic missiles that can't be brought down by any missile defense, and a nuclear-powered cruise missile with "practically unlimited" range.
"No other country in the world has this kind of arsenal," Putin said during his address. "Russia still has the greatest nuclear potential in the world, but nobody listened to us. Now, listen to us."
Putin also showed a computer simulation of the new tech, which demonstrated how one of the missiles could zoom around the world, passing mountains, dodging defense systems, and curving Africa before ultimately hitting its target off the coast of Florida. The section of the video showing Russia nuking Florida is brief, but it gets the point across pretty effectively.
The show of force and the animation kind of speak for themselves, but Putin claims that Russia is not making threats. "We aren't threatening anyone, we aren't going to attack anyone, we aren't going to take anything from anyone," he said. "The growing Russian military power will guarantee global peace."
Threats, promises, or otherwise, it's clear that Putin was speaking directly to the Western world during that section of his speech. "President Putin's emphasis on a strong Russia modernizing its nuclear arsenal is a reflection of similar statements over recent months from his US counterpart Donald Trump," said BBC defense correspondent Jonathan Marcus, referencing the recent withdrawal by the United States from Cold War-era treaties that banned missile defense systems. The plan for a US defense system would "undermine the Russian nuclear deterrent," according to ABC News, so the country's response was to go bigger, faster, and more deadly.
The presidential election in Russia is coming up in a couple weeks, and Putin is expected to win over his seven opponents. In short: we might be screwed.