Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised to press on with the event of a nuclear-powered rocket believed to have been on the centre of a lethal accident.
5 engineers and two others died when a rocket engine exploded at a take a look at vary on the White Sea on eight August.
Defence consultants assume it was a part of a nuclear-powered cruise missile.
“We will definitely be perfecting this weapon no matter something,” Mr Putin informed widows of the victims.
What was Russia testing?
Medics concern nuclear blast contamination
The possession of “such distinctive applied sciences”, he added, was “in itself… a most vital and dependable assure for peace on the planet”.
The Russian chief was talking on Thursday at a ceremony on the Kremlin to current posthumous awards to the useless males’s households.
He didn’t specify what weapon had been concerned, saying solely that the “technical concepts and options” concerned within the venture had been “with out an equal on this planet”.
How severe was the accident in August?
Engineers had accomplished testing on an offshore platform on the Nyonoksa naval take a look at vary when a fireplace broke out and the engine exploded, throwing the boys into the ocean, in accordance with Russia’s nuclear company Rosatom.
Along with the seven killed, six folks had been injured on account of the blast, which noticed radiation ranges rise 16 occasions above regular within the nearest massive metropolis, Severodvinsk, 47km (29 miles) away from Nyonoksa.
Whereas the radiation ranges weren’t excessive sufficient to trigger radiation illness, medical employees who handled casualties from the blast website weren’t warned of any nuclear contamination danger.
The clean-up operation was shrouded in secrecy.
What was being examined?
Russia has solely confirmed nuclear-powered engine was being examined on the time.
There may be additionally some hypothesis that it might have been an anti-ship missile or long-range underwater drone however consultants in Russia and the West say the take a look at was most definitely linked to the brand new 9M730 Burevestnik missile, known as “Skyfall” by Nato.
President Putin has described the Burevestnik as having “limitless” vary.
It’s designed to behave as a “vengeance” weapon, for use after an preliminary nuclear strike.
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Media captionPresident Putin says the missile may have ‘limitless’ vary