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Tango0118 Jan 2018 3:46 p.m. PST

"The United States' new Nuclear Posture Review asserts that Russia's Status-6 intercontinental, nuclear-armed undersea autonomous torpedo is a real weapon and could be a genuine threat. Analysts are divided as to how genuine the threat is.

"It certainly is a threat U.S. forces will need to take into account," Bryan Clark, a former U.S. Navy submarine officer and current senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

"It is large enough to carry a megaton-class nuclear weapon, although the 100 megaton weapon they advertise may be too heavy."

"Torpedoes are generally negatively buoyant due to the weight of the engine and warhead and the lack of space for ballast tanks like a submarine would have. A really heavy warhead in this vehicle would make it difficult to control in depth without going very fast and using control surfaces to stay at depth — like an airplane. I don't see control surfaces that would enable that approach here."…"
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