6 of Russia’s Most Dangerous Weapons Feared By The United States
The United States out spends every country on earth when it comes to military spending and it’s not even close. To put it into perspective, in 2020 the United States spent a staggering 778 Billion dollars on it’s military. The next closest countries were China with 252bn and india with 73bn.
So it may come as a surprise to find out Russia is actually outclasses the United States in several key areas. Continue reading to find out the Top 6 Russian Weapons most Feared by the United States.
Top 6 Russian Weapons most Feared by the United States – Poseidon Nuclear Powered Torpedo Drone
Poseidon was designed to be able to launch nuclear torpedoes that could create tsunamis and sweep out coastal cities. But under normal circumstances this drone can also be armed with ordinary nuclear missiles.
The Russian Navy’s Poseidon torpedo is not only nuclear-armed, but it is also nuclear-powered. And it’s a massive weapon— estimated at around 7 feet in diameter and around 100 tons, the torpedo foregoes a conventional high-explosive warhead in favor of a nuclear payload.
If we compare that to the United States Navy’s standard heavy-weight torpedos, the Mark 48, is a paltry 21 inches in diameter and about 3,500 pounds, quite a difference.
What’s so deadly about Russias Poseidon torpedo?
Unlike most conventional torpedoes, the Poseidon’s primary target wouldn’t necessarily be a surface ship or other submarines. Thanks to the torpedo’s large nuclear warhead, it would instead target large port cities vital to industry and trade — like the many cities that dot the United States’ east and west coasts.
Launched from the Barents Sea or other waters in the Arctic, the drone can autonomously cross the North Atlantic. If detonated off the eastern coast of the United States, the nuclear warhead could create a tens-of-meters-high tsunami wave in addition to damage caused by the nuclear blast itself.
The Poseidon torpedo drones range is virtually unlimited, and combined with a high top speed, would be a particularly challenging weapon to defend against.
Is there a Downside to Russias Poseidon Torpedo?
For a Poseidon launch to be successful, the submarine the torpedo launches from must remain undetected — at least long enough to fire off its nuclear payload.
Poseidon’s considerable size requires a massive launch platform: the Russian Navy’s K-329 Belgorod submarine. It’s also possible Russia could launch it from a launch container on the sea floor.
6 of Russia’s Most Dangerous Weapons Feared By The United States – S-400 Triumf
The S-400 Triumf SAM system is a particularly potent weapon system. So potent in fact, the United States have imposed sanctions against countries for purchasing the system from Russia. Turkey was even expelled from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program for purchasing the system.
What is so deadly about the S-400 Triumf
Russia’s S-400 ‘Triumf’ – NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler – is the latest in a series of long-and medium-range surface-to-air missile systems, and it first entered service in 2007. The S-400 was designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, while it can also be used against ground installations. Its missiles can also engage targets at a distance of up to 400 km and at an altitude of up to 30 km under intensive enemy fire.
Top 6 Russian Weapons most Feared by the United States – Russias Hypersonic Weapons
Hypersonic weapons are missiles and projectiles which travel at between 5 and 25 times the speed of sound – about 1 to 5 miles per second (1.6 to 8 kilometres per second) with the capability to carry nuclear warheads.
President Vladimir Putin had previously said, “The weapon is capable of performing sharp maneuvers on its way to targets making it absolutely invulnerable for any missile defense system.”
Why are Russia’s Hypersonic Missiles so dangerous?
Hypersonic weapons such as Russia’s 3M22 Zircon fly so fast and low — at speeds of up to Mach 6 and at a low atmospheric-ballistic trajectory — that they can penetrate traditional anti-missile defense systems.
U.S. Aegis missile interceptor systems require 8-10 seconds of reaction time to intercept incoming attacks. In those 8-10 seconds, the Russian Zircon missiles will already have traveled 20 kilometers, and the interceptor missiles do not fly fast enough to catch up
According to Popular Mechanics, even if a U.S. ship were to detect a Zircon missile from 100 miles away, it would have only one minute to do something about it.
In order to intercept a Russian Zircon missile, the U.S. would either need to intercept it at launch or fly an object into its path
6 of Russia’s Most Dangerous Weapons Feared By The United States – Pantsir S-1
The Pantsir S-1 air defender is a mobile missile launcher that also has an anti-aircraft gun. The Pantsir S-1 deploys 12 surface-to-air guided missiles and two 30mm cannons. In addition to aircraft, the Pantsir can destroy incoming ballistic and cruise missiles and precision-guided munitions.
The Pantsir has been used in the Syrian civil war, the conflict in the Donbas region, and the latest Libyan civil war. Other upgraded variants have improved radar, increased detection range, and effective rotary cannons.
Top 6 Russian Weapons most Feared by the United States – The Mil Mi-28NM Superhunter Attack Helicopter
The Superhunter is a potent attack helicopter similar to the American AH-64 Apache. This is based on the upgraded Havoc model. New sensors allow it to fly and attack at night. The newfangled radar allows a 360-degree view along with the radar image of the ground. The Mi-28NM can go 186 miles per hour with a range of 280 miles.
The Superhunter is armed to the teeth. It has a 30mm cannon, Ataka anti-tank missiles, and rockets.
The aircraft was upgraded with all-weather features especially for desert conditions in the Middle East. The Superhunter is better able to communicate with recon and intelligence units on the ground to acquire targets faster.
Top 6 Russian Weapons most Feared by the United States – Nuclear Weapons
Of course I couldn’t create a list like this without including Russia’s Nuclear Arsenal.
As of March 1st 2022 Russia has 5977 Nuclear warheads. This number includes around 1500 which are retired and set to be dismantled.
Of the remaining 4,500 or so, most are considered strategic nuclear weapons – ballistic missiles, or rockets, which can be targeted over long distances. These are the weapons usually associated with nuclear war.
The remaining weapons are smaller, less destructive for short-range use on battlefields or at sea.
Experts estimate around 1,500 Russian warheads are currently “deployed”, meaning sited at missile and bomber bases or on submarines at sea.
That wraps up the Top 6 Russian Weapons most Feared by the United States. Hope you enjoyed it and please don’t forget to share.