'Twelve Times More Powerful Than Hiroshima': Russia Unveils Super Atomic Bomb
Created: 2022-12-14, 4:13 p.m
By: Daniel Dillman
Moscow is modernizing its nuclear arsenal.
A new nuclear weapon with unprecedented explosive power is presented in the Russian media.
Moscow - The armed forces of Russia is apparently a new nuclear weapon available.
Russian state media broke the news on Wednesday (December 14), citing information from the Russian Defense Ministry.
According to the Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda
, the new warhead can be
mounted on an RS-24 “Yars” ICBM.
Such a rocket is said to have already been prepared in a silo in the Kaluga region.
According to the newspaper, Russia's new nuclear weapon has an explosive capacity "twelve times greater than the American bomb that destroyed Hiroshima."
During World War II, the USA bombed the Japanese city with a nuclear weapon on August 6, 1945.
A Russian RS-24 "Yars" ICBM during a test in October 2022. (Archive image) © IMAGO/Russian Defense Ministry
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According to the US portal
, Russia's ICBM with the new nuclear warhead has a launch weight of 46,000 tons.
Their range is given as up to 12,000 kilometers.
This means that the rocket can reach targets all over Europe and the USA.
According to research by the US news website
, the Russian armed forces only need seven minutes to prepare the missile for launch.
The news of a new nuclear weapon comes just before the anniversary of the Strategic Missile Forces, which will be held in Russia on December 17.
"The Motherland" will have at its disposal "another type of nuclear missiles" thanks to the new missile, "which will allow us to solve any challenges at a strategic level," said Alexei Sokolov, commander of the missile forces in the Kozelsky region.
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The Yars ICBMs were tested back in October under the supervision of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The images from a silo in Russia that have now been published should be understood as a clear warning to the West.
Putin had rejected a nuclear strike in the Ukraine war as "politically and militarily not sensible".
The ruler in the Kremlin also warned the West in general and NATO in particular against provoking him.
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At the same time, there are more and more voices that, due to Russia's high losses in the Ukraine conflict, also classify the use of unconventional nuclear weapons as a possibility.
Alexander Khodakovsky, Russian-installed commander of the breakaway Donetsk republic, told state television this week that nuclear weapons are the only way Russia can still win the Ukraine war.
According to military expert Yakov Kedmi, who is close to the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin himself is now considering the possibility of a preventive nuclear strike if the NATO states expand their military support for Ukraine.