Secret plans for a Russian long-range nuclear torpedo came to light after a state television cameraman filmed over a senior officer’s shoulder with a diagram on show.
The scheme involves the use of massive doses of radiation to render large areas of enemy coastlines uninhabitable and appeared on TV during a meeting with Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.
Status 6 itself appears to be a gigantic torpedo-shaped robotic mini-submarine – in other words an underwater drone – that can travel at speeds of 100 knots (115mph) and is so perfectly cloaked by stealth technology it would be invisible to acoustic tracking devices.
The notes on the torpedo diagram give it a range of up to 6,200 miles (10,000km), and a dive depth of 3,300 feet (1,000m) – far beyond that of most manned submarines.
Amazing, eh? And carrying a dirty bomb (Co-60 or some such nicely dangerous contaminant perhaps).
That has prompted some analysts to suggest that the “accidental” leak was actually intended to signal that Russia has the means and intention to respond “asymetically” by creating devices the new American defences will not stop.
No, that’s not the way I would analyse it at all. Rather, how cheap would it be to print up some nonsense and then accidentally reveal it? Bloody sight cheaper than actually having to work out how to build a deterrent, isn’t it?
And as with the point made yesterday, if the FSB does want to leak me the plans just to keep the maskirovka going then I do know where the ziggurat is in Vauxhall. Would be able to drop it off after a few months persuasion by the comfy redhead mentioned…..