Russia’s Stealth Submarine Can Launch Hypersonic Nukes

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Russia began the trials of its latest nuclear-powered submarine, the Arkhangelsk, which has advanced technological features and hypersonic cruise missiles.

This submarine, which shows Russia’s strong push to strengthen its navy, represents the pinnacle of Russian naval engineering, has unparalleled stealth capabilities, advanced sonar systems, and a sophisticated array of combat technologies. Reports from prominent Russian maritime news outlet claim that this advanced vessel is set to redefine modern submarine warfare.

Russian news agency TASS reported that the Arkhangelsk left for initial sea trials- a rigorous testing phase that aims to validate the submarine’s operational readiness across various mission profiles, including anti-ship, anti-submarine, and land-attack operations.

Aleksei Rakhmanov, head of the United Ship-Building Corporation, highlighted the strategic significance of the Arkhangelsk’s capabilities: “This vessel is not only a testament to our technological prowess but also a critical asset in maintaining Russia’s naval superiority.”

According to Interesting Engineering, a main feature of the Arkhangelsk’s armament is its use of hypersonic cruise missiles, including the formidable Tsirkon that represent a formidable threat to naval and ground targets alike with its reported range of 1000 km. These missiles have notably been showcased in recent conflicts, underlining Russia’s commitment to integrating cutting-edge technologies into its defense strategy.

Rakhmanov also emphasized that the Arkhangelsk’s ability to deploy Tsirkon missiles marks a critical advancement in Russia’s naval capabilities and even aligns with President Vladimir Putin’s strategic directives for modernizing Russia’s armed forces. He adds that this evident use of hypersonic technology highlights Moscow’s aim to stay competitive in the global defense arena.

In addition to these technological advancements, recent geopolitical maneuvers have also raised concerns among Western nations, since the Arkhangelsk’s sea trials happened to coincide with provocative naval deployments like the Kazan’s visit to Cuba that was interpreted as a deliberate show of strength.