Russia's 'killer underwater drone' scares US
Western experts believes that Russia is working on a new armed underwater drone designed to kill enemy submarines, Popular Mechanics writes.
The unmanned Cephalopod drone packs small, lightweight torpedoes capable of fatally wounding enemy submarines on the high pressure, underwater battlefield, according to the article.
According to the US expert, Russia has been working on the Cephalopod "killer underwater drone" since 2015, when its existence was revealed alongside the Poseidon nuclear apocalypse torpedo. Cephalopod was understandably overshadowed by the 100 megaton weapon, but in its own way is a threat to Western military might.
"We've known of the Cephalopod program since 2015 but until recently we didn't know much about it. Slowly a picture is emerging that Cephalopod is a submarine-killing undersea drone," Popular Mechanics cited HI Sutton, the authority behind the Covert Shores submarine blog and the World Submarine Recognition Guide, as saying.
"Cephalopod is armed with MTT 324-millimeter lightweight torpedoes. Lightweight torpedoes such as the MTT are typically anti-submarine torpedoes, carried by sub-hunting surface ships and helicopters. Lightweight torpedoes have smaller warheads and a shorter range," the article says.
According to the expert, one possible role for Cephalopod is to escort Russia’s ballistic missile submarines, protecting them from Western attack submarines. In addition, Cephalopod could protect naval facilities and ports, or operate in restricted waters such as the Baltic Sea.