Vladimir Putin is developing the nuclear-powered ‘doomsday weapon’ which is not only nuclear-armed but nuclear powered meaning it can theoretically stay aloft for months at time. The 9M730 Burevestnik, which is referred to be NATO as SSC-X-9 Skyfall, is an experimental nuclear-powered, nuclear-armed cruise missile which the Russians claim is capable of hitting any target on Earth.
The Burevestnik/Skyfall with its unlimited range will “belch out radioactive fumes behind it”, an expert has warned, with last week’s spike in radiation levels in a remote area of Russia almost certainly caused by an accident involving the terrifying missile, experts have said.
One of six new strategic weapons unveiled by Mr Putin on March 1, Skyfall is widely believed to have the rocket which exploded at a test centre in the north-west of the country, killing five people and injuring several others.
Residents of the nearby village of Nyonoska were ordered to evacuate after measurements suggested radiation levels in the city of Severodvinsk, 30 miles away, were 16 times higher than normal.
State nuclear corporation Rostatom said the accident involved an “isotope power source for a liquid-propelled rocket engine”, fuelling speculation that the accident was the result of a Skyfall test gone wrong.
US President Donald Trump subsequently tweeted: “The Russian ’Skyfall’ explosion has people worried about the air around the facility, and far beyond. Not good!”
Dr Mark Galeotti, from the London-based Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, told CNN…
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