What is the Poseidon Torpedo?

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Russia plans to form a division of special-purpose submarines that will carry Poseidon torpedoes as part of the country’s Pacific Fleet by the end of 2024.

About Poseidon Torpedo:

  • It is a massive Russian, nuclear-powered autonomous torpedo armed with a nuclear warhead built to strike enemy coastal targets from great distances.
  • Features:
    • It is about 65 feet long and 6.5 feet wide, making it the largest torpedo ever deployed.
    • Speed: It can also reach speeds of up to 70 knots, or 80 miles per hour.
    • It is reportedly equipped with a 2-megaton thermonuclear warhead.
    • Range: The use of nuclear power gives it nearly unlimited range.
    • It is unreachable due to its working depth—possibly 1,000 meters (3,300 feet).


Q1) What is a torpedo?

A torpedo is a type of missile or bomb fired underwater. Torpedoes are cigar-shaped projectiles that are used to attack other submarines or boats. The word torpedo comes from the name of a kind of electric ray that numbs you with its sting (torpediniformes). Torpedoes can also be used to attack a target on land.

Source: Russia to form special division of Poseidon torpedo carriers, TASS reports