US Missile defense is very limited today. There are only few dozen interceptor missiles and the system would be lucky to defend against about six ICBM missiles. Russia worried that the missile defense may intercept a large percentage of a second strike arsenal 20–30 years from now.
Russia’s Status Six 100 megaton Tsunami weapon that could wipe out Florida and coastal cities
The Status Six will be capable of diving as deep as one thousand meters under the sea and moving at fifty-six knots. Military submarines are designed to dive to about five hundred meters and current U.S. Navy Mark 48 torpedoes have a speed of fifty-five knots. The USA and NATO do not have currently antisubmarine weapons designed to intercept a target so fast and deep.
With the recent speech from Putin and other information. It is generally believed that the Status Six weapon is real.
The weapon could explode in shallow waters off of a coastline and generate a tsunami hundreds of feet high. Such a tsunami could devastate all of Florida and the east coast of the United States.
Characteristics expected of Russia’ drone weapon:
Diameter 1.6 meter
Length – 24 meters
Working depth – up to 1000 meters.
Drivers – water jet
Nuclear reactor – 8 MW, small-sized on liquid-metal coolant
Cruising speed – up to 55 km / h
The maximum speed is 100 – 185 km / h.
The range is up to 10 thousand km.
The warhead – with a cobalt section, for maximum radioactive contamination of a huge territory.
The power of the warhead is 100 Mt.
Low-visibility for hydroacoustics SOSSUS – up to 2 – 3 km at cruising speed of the vehicle
* A one-hundred megaton weapon could be exceedingly heavy and thus “difficult to control.” Monterey nuclear weapons expert Jeffrey Lewis is quoted reassuringly as saying: “I think we could build defenses against it … It should be easier than intercepting an ICBM missile.
The US and other countries would need to have better and more comprehensive sonar underwater monitoring networks.
There would need to be interceptor submarines and drones to prevent this kind of weapons from reaching within 400 to 1000 miles of a coastline.
The flaws in terms of moving and controlling the nuclear drone submarine could be addressed if there were an arms race. The next versions could have more size and speed and stealth.
Maintaining command and control would be an issue. Russia would not want an opponent to capture an unmanned nuclear weapon.