Russian mega-submarine with ‘Apocalypse’ Poseidon torpedo DETECTED in chilling satellite imagery amid fears of nuclear test fires

SATELLITE has spotted Russia’s massive mega-submarine believed to be armed with Vladimir Putin’s new “weapon of the apocalypse,” drone nuclear torpedoes.

NATO reportedly issued an alert when it lost sight of the Belgorod – a 604-foot, 30,000-ton nuclear-powered submarine – amid fears that Vlad might drop a nuclear bomb over Ukraine in a show of force against the West could ignite.

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A clear picture of a submarine - believed to be Belgorod - on September 22 in the Barents Sea

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A clear picture of a submarine – believed to be Belgorod – on September 22 in the Barents Sea
A less clear image obscured by clouds - but believed to show Belgorod on September 27

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A less clear image obscured by clouds – but believed to show Belgorod on September 27

However, Belgorod has now been spotted in satellite imagery by veteran naval observers operating in the Barents Sea – part of the Arctic Ocean.

The relatively shallow waters are an important testing ground for Putin’s navy, as the sea’s coasts belong to Russia and Norway.

Images first released by naval warfare researcher HI Sutton show the submarine surfaced in the Barents Sea on September 22.

And another satellite image shows the giant boat in action on September 27 – just a day after the attack on the Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea.

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The images seem to finally end all speculation that Belgorod – known for being equipped with drones and a mini-submarine under her belly – could have been involved in the sabotage.

And the images were provided to The Sun Online by Sentinel Hub.

However, chilling speculation continues that the massive ship could be working on another, even more explosive, mission for Putin.

Belgorod is the largest operational submarine in the world, eclipsing the US Navy’s Los Angeles-class attack ships and the British Astute-class.

She first entered service with the Russian Navy in July and was dubbed the “city killer.”

And the focus is very much on their armament, with Belgorod reportedly capable of carrying up to eight Poseidon nuclear drone torpedoes.

The torpedoes are 79 feet long and carry a nuclear warhead that fires at enemy targets beneath the waves at speeds of about 70 knots (80 miles per hour).

Officially dubbed the less snarky Status-6 Oceanic Multipurpose System, the Poseidon is one of the six “superweapons” Putin has ordered for Russia.

It is said to weigh around 100 tons and is also fully autonomous.

The robotic torpedo can lurk beneath the waves before waiting for the right moment to detonate its nuke.

Pentagon officials have described the weapon as a “new intercontinental, nuclear-armed, nuclear-powered, autonomous underwater torpedo.”

“RADIOACTIVE TSUNAMIS”

The weapon has been alarmingly dubbed the “weapon of the apocalypse,” and Putin’s state-media henchmen have claimed it could “throw Britain into the depths of the sea.”

Some estimates have put the power of Poseidon’s warhead at 100 megatons – twice that of the largest atomic bomb ever detonated, the Tsar Bomba.

But more conservative estimates suggest the weapon’s yield could be as little as two megatons.

The weapon is believed to be capable of being used against enemy warships – or possibly even creating “radioactive tsunamis” to inundate coastal towns.

Poseidon’s aircraft carrier, the massive Belgorod, was converted from an Oscar II submarine laid down 30 years ago after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Specially designed for covert operations, the submarine has secret compartments to launch mini-submarines and drones for covert sabotage and espionage operations – like cutting undersea cables – alongside its nuclear weapons.

It is believed that detonating one of the Poseidon torpedoes during a test launch is one of the ways Putin could use nuclear weapons to intimidate the West and Ukraine.

Belgorod is the largest military submarine in the world - and armed with nuke torpedoes

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Belgorod is the largest military submarine in the world – and armed with nuke torpedoes

Russia rattles its nuclear saber as its forces continue to be pushed back, despite Moscow having declared four regions its own.

Putin has been audacious in his threats to turn the already devastating war into a nuclear one – and Russian military doctrine leaves the door open for them to use a nuclear weapon.

And Tate TV was awash with talk of nuclear war – while Putin’s mouthpiece hosts constantly raised the possibility throughout the conflict, even suggesting that London be destroyed with nuclear weapons.

Vlad – who is reportedly becoming increasingly unpredictable over his health concerns – has the world’s largest nuclear arsenal at his fingertips.

Moscow has red lines in its doctrine on when to use nuclear weapons – but they are softer than those in the West.

Putin likes to take up arms when he sees an “existential threat” to Russia.

Russia is said to have about 2,000 nuclear weapons in its arsenal in the form of small missiles, torpedoes and artillery shells.

Putin’s commanders thought they could roll over Ukraine in a matter of days – but the war has been raging for eight months now.

Russian troops thought they would be greeted with cheers and waving flags, but instead they were met with Kalashnikovs and Molotov cocktails.

The war has turned into a slow and brutal morass – one that has caused the Russians to change tactics, moving from attempts at surgical strikes to brutal, indiscriminate attacks on civilians.

With more defeats on the horizon, a seemingly hopeless mass mobilization, and a resurgent Ukraine charging toward its new “territory,” fears are growing that the war could escalate again.

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Both the US and Russia are believed to have invested significant time and money in developing smaller battlefield-grade nuclear weapons.

The weapons lack the truly terrifying destructive power of the greatest weapons of the Cold War era – like the Tsar Bomb.

A single 58-megaton Tsar bomb could wreak havoc in an area 50 miles away, killing millions of people, sending a shock wave that would circle the globe three times, and causing a mushroom cloud visible 500 miles away.

Such a bomb was deemed far too large to ever be used due to the potentially apocalyptic consequences of such a nuclear exchange.

But this mindset has led war planners to develop and possibly use tactical – as opposed to strategic – nuclear weapons.

It is believed that Moscow’s war doctrine is open to the use of nuclear weapons in a conventional conflict as an intimidation tactic – and the use of such a weapon must be sanctioned personally by Putin.

The tactic became known as “escalate to de-escalate”.

Moscow has practiced such strategies in the field before – for example simulating a NATO attack on the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad.

The scenario called for Russian forces to retaliate against the invading West by firing nuclear weapons at Poland and the US.

And these exercises are believed to have taken place in the 1990s and 1990s, using tactical nuclear weapons for both attack and defense.

Russian warships, rocket launchers, fighter jets, and even field artillery pieces can be armed with low-yield nuclear warheads.

NATO has unequivocally warned that if Putin uses a nuclear bomb, the consequences will be “catastrophic” – with the alliance calling the war currently at its most dangerous.

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