Russia may be developing a massive undetectable nuclear-armed torpedo that could easily wipe out a major coastal U.S. city like New York, according to a new Defense Department report.
The Pentagon quietly acknowledged the possible existence of the frightening underwater rocket, deemed a “doomsday weapon,” for the first time Friday in its 74-page Nuclear Posture Review.
The mysterious Russia “Status-6” system is described as a “new intercontinental, nuclear-armed, nuclear-powered, undersea autonomous torpedo.”
The payload would be more than a thousand times more powerful than the bombs dropped by the U.S. on Nagasaki and Hiroshima at the end of World War II. It could stealthily travel below the sea undetected for thousands of miles and unleash a tsunami of radioactive water that could blanket a city.
The Pentagon report, ordered by President Trump last year, has drawn blistering critiques from a cross section of critics. Lisbeth Gronlund, of the Union of Concerned Scientists, said the administration is blurring the line between nuclear and conventional war-fighting.
“President Trump is embarking on a reckless path — one that will reduce U.S. security both now and in the longer term,” she said.