Putin also described an new nuclear power source that the Russians have developed that would produce as much power as a large nuclear reactor but in a small package, enabling it to power a new generation of weapons with unlimited range and deadly striking power.
One application for that power source is a manoeuvrable cruise missile that he showed launching from the Russia, flying down into the South Atlantic, evading radar as it went, before flying North across the Pacific Ocean and striking the West Coast of the US. Such a weapon made the US missile shield “absolutely pointless,” Putin said.
This sounds very similar to the Project Pluto engine the US tried to develop in the 1950s – a nuclear powered ramjet capable of flying deep into the then Soviet Union. After dropping conventional bombs the Supersonic Low Altitude Missile (SLAM) would fly over Soviet territory damaging facilities with its low-level supersonic shock waves and spewing radioactive waste over the area. The project was cancelled in 1964.
The same Russian reactor used in the cruise missile would also be used in submarine warfare, Putin said. Russian subs could deploy nuclear-powered drones that would travel underwater faster than any conventional submarines and destroy either fleets or harbour facilities, with conventional or nuclear payloads.
“They are quiet, highly manoeuvrable and have hardly any vulnerabilities for the enemy to exploit,” he said. “There is simply nothing in the world capable of withstanding them.”
After a test in December last year the new reactor was 100 times smaller than a standard nuclear power unit and could cycle up to full power 200 times faster, Putin said. That would give the underwater drones formidable speed and he asked the Russian people to send in their suggested names for the new weapons – El Reg’s choice would be Nuky McMeltingface.
The notion of using a nuclear reactor to heat the air was fundamentally new. Unlike commercial reactors, which are surrounded by concrete, the Pluto reactor had to be small and compact enough to fly, but durable enough to survive a 7,000-mile (11,000 km) trip to a potential target. The nuclear engine could, in principle, operate for months, so a Pluto cruise missile could be left airborne for a prolonged time before being directed to carry out its attack.
The proposed use for nuclear-powered ramjets would be to power a cruise missile, called SLAM, for Supersonic Low Altitude Missile. In order to reach ramjet speed, it would be launched from the ground by a cluster of conventional rocket boosters. Once it reached cruising altitude and was far away from populated areas, the nuclear reactor would be made critical.
Since nuclear power gave it almost unlimited range, the missile could cruise in circles over the ocean until ordered “down to the deck” for its supersonic dash to targets in the Soviet Union. The SLAM as proposed would carry a payload of many nuclear weapons to be dropped on multiple targets, making the cruise missile into an unmanned bomber.
After delivering all its warheads, the missile could then spend weeks flying over populated areas at low altitudes, causing tremendous ground damage with its shock wave and radiation from its unshielded reactor. When it finally lost enough power to fly, and crash-landed, the engine would have a good chance of spewing deadly radiation for months to come.
Stunning. Hillary Clinton Gave Russia the US Technology for Hypersonic Intercontinental Nuke Missiles
This shocking set of emails that the Examiner reported on shows the nexus of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s foundation, Hillary Clinton’s State Department, Bill Clinton, Russian oligarch Vekselberg, and Skolkovo, “Russia’s Silicon Valley,” the Putin project to transfer Western technology to Russia that was championed and driven by Mrs. Clinton — and, what do you know, 17 out of 28 tech companies that hitched up with Skolkovo also contributed to the Clinton Foundation?
Although military activities are not an official cluster of activity, the Skolkovo Foundation has, in fact, been involved in defense-related activities since December 2011, when it approved the first weapons-related project—the development of a hypersonic cruise missile engine. The project is a response to the U.S. Department of Defense’s Advanced Hypersonic Weapon, part of the Prompt Global Strike program.