PUTIN is rushing into testing his deadly “mystery hypersonic nuclear missile” with UNLIMITED range, according to chilling new satellite images.
This month an expert uncovered footage believed to show the fearsome missiles being readied at the remote former Soviet nuclear test site of Novaya Zemlya, high up in the Arctic Circle.
According to the footage, the transport tank for the Burevestnik missile was recently moved in front of the launch rails at the infamous Pankovo site.
Support ships have also been dispatched to the site, including the massive nuclear-powered freighter Sevmorput.
Military analyst Tony Roper, who has spent years studying satellite images of Novaya Zemlya, obtained new images last weekend, which he shared on his personal website.
“It’s definitely Burevestnik,” he said. The Barents Observer.
The images, taken from a space image taken by Airbus on September 16, allegedly show Burevestnik being readied for launch at the Pankovo base.
A canister, similar to one previously seen in a video released by the Russian Defense Ministry, can be seen next to the rails on a launch pad covered by a retractable shelter.
Other small infrastructure improvements appear to have been put in place around the base over the summer as the war in Ukraine raged.
These include a new jetty on the shore where equipment is landed from ships in the freezing Barents Sea before being transported to base.
The road leading to the base has also been improved, while helicopters, new buildings, shelters and concrete pads have been constructed.
This week, the mad tyrant gave a chilling speech to his people in which he announced the partial mobilization of his country, with up to 300,000 conscripts called up for active service.
Experts told The Sun Online that Putin’s nuclear threat is a ‘desperate bluff’but proves the twisted leader is willing to up the ante in an effort to save his doomed war.
It’s definitely Burevestnik
Putin’s Burevestnik missile, known as Skyfall by NATO, was publicly announced in March 2018 by President Putin in his annual address to the nation, alongside five more so-called “super weapons”.
The dreaded missile – which means “storm petrel” in Russian – is said to have been successfully tested for the first time in January 2020.
It was expected to be completed by 2025, but sources suggest its development has been accelerated in the face of the ongoing war in Ukraine.
The nuclear-powered ultra-long-range missile was described by US military authorities in 2021 as a “unique weapon with intercontinental range capability”.
It’s designed to carry a nuclear warhead, while an integrated mini-nuclear reactor supposedly offers a much longer range than any previous non-ballistic cruise missile.
The nuclear energy core could theoretically send it around the world several times before reaching its target.
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President Putin himself called it a “radically new type of weaponry” with “unlimited range and unlimited maneuverability”.
It can also follow a flat flight path at extremely low altitudes, making it “invisible” when flying below the range of most missile detection systems.
The warhead is only part of Putin’s terrifying arsenal of up to 6,000 nukes and other superweapons.
However, such a bizarre experimental weapon form has a number of drawbacks.
Just months after Putin announced it to much fanfare, US intelligence sources reported that one of the missiles was lost at sea in late 2017.
Such a small airborne reactor is very unstable and is likely to lead to the release of deadly radioactive isotopes into the atmosphere.
In 2019, it was linked to the deaths of at least five scientists after an accident in Nyonoska, in northeastern Russia, triggered a radiation spike “a thousand times greater than lethal”.
The infamous accident took place in the White Sea as a team from Russian nuclear energy company Rosatom recovered materials from a crashed Burevestnik missile.
An explosion took place, killing five scientists and causing radiation levels to rise in the nearby city of Severodvinsk, home to nearly 200,000 people.
Such missiles have already been tested with limited success.
In the 1950s, as Cold War tensions soared, the US Air Force began developing its nuclear SLAM, or supersonic low-altitude missile.
SLAMs were designed to fly under enemy radar cover at supersonic speeds, delivering thermonuclear warheads to up to 16 different targets.
But the project was eventually scrapped in 1964 after the development of intercontinental ballistic missiles and advances in ground-based defensive radars effectively rendered the missiles obsolete.
Putin’s announcement of partial mobilization sparked rumor exodus in Russia, as thousands try to flee the country before receiving their conscription papers to fight in Ukraine.
Thousands of protesters have been arrested across Russiasome of the detainees being given conscription papers at the police station.
Others desperate Russian men tried to get married quickly in order to avoid the repechage.
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