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Russia to search for nuclear-powered cruise missile lost at sea

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The launch of what President Vladimir Putin said is Russia's new nuclear-powered intercontinental cruise missile
The
launch of what President Vladimir Putin said is Russia’s new
nuclear-powered intercontinental cruise
missile


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  • Russia is gearing up to search for a missing
    nuclear-powered cruise missile that was lost at sea during a
    failed test-fire last year.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has boasted about the
    weapon’s advanced capabilities, but all tests have reportedly
    ended in failure.
  • While the missile is supposed to be able to fly
    indefinitely, its nuclear-powered core has yet to initiate to
    allow it to do that.

Russia lost a nuclear-powered missile during a failed test last
year, and now Moscow is gearing up to go find it,
according
to CNBC, citing people familiar with a relevant US
intelligence report.

Proudly claiming that the world will “listen to us
now,” 
Russian President Vladimir Putin
boasted
in early March that his country had developed a new
nuclear-powered cruise missile with unlimited range, but each of
the four tests between November 2017 and February reportedly
ended in failure,
according
to reports from May.

The low-flying, stealth cruise missile with a nuclear
warhead with a practically unlimited range, unpredictable flight
path and the ability to bypass interception lines is invulnerable
to all existing and future missile defense and air defense
systems,” Putin claimed.

“No one in the world has anything like it,” he
added.

The reports from testing don’t support the Russian
president’s claims.

The longest recorded flight, according to US assessments, lasted
only a little over two minutes. Flying just 22 miles, the missile
spun out of control and crashed. In each case, the
nuclear-powered core of the experimental cruise missile failed,
preventing the weapon from achieving the indefinite flight and
unlimited range the Russian president bragged about.

The tests were apparently conducted at the request of senior
Kremlin officials despite the protests of Russian engineers who
argued that the platform was not ready for testing. Russian media
reports claim the weapon will be ready to deploy in ten years.

During one weapons test in November of last year, the missile
crashed into the Barents Sea. Three ships, one with the ability
to handle radioactive material, will take part in the search
operations, which have yet to be officially scheduled.

Experts are concerned about the possibility that the missile may
be leaking radioactive nuclear material. The missile is suspected
to rely on gasoline for takeoff but switch to nuclear power once
in flight.

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