The explosion of a mysterious Russian rocket engine appeared to have been caused by the failure of an experimental nuclear-powered cruise missile known in Russia as the 9M730 Burevestnik and by Nato as the SSC-X-9 Skyfall.
This energy source may be linked to a nuclear-powered cruise missile called Burevestnik.
Details of the accident:
The accident occurred near the village of Nyunoxa, in the northwestern Arkhangelsk region on August 8, 2019.
This is a known test site for both cruise and ballistic missiles.
There have no previous reports that Russia has tested by Burevestnik
- Also known as NATO SSC-X-9 Skyfall.
A missile that Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed about his presence with Russian forces in a speech on March 2018.
The explosion of a mysterious Russian rocket engine
Previous reports, citing unidentified US officials, suggest that the Russians were testing the missile.
Whose details are very limited, since 2017, from Novaya Zemalia.
A remote archipelago in Russia’s far north that served as a nuclear weapons test.
Rosatom said in a statement:
“The tragedy occurred while working with the engineering and technical support for the nuclear isotope energy source in the liquid propulsion system of the missile”.
- Five employees killed, while testing the liquid propulsion system.
- Three of our colleagues injured and burns of varying severity.
The statement does not specifically mention any connection to the rocket Burevestnik.
The cruise missile said to have a nuclear-powered jet engine and use rocket boosters to optimize speed.
At this point, the air moves quickly and then explodes over the hot reactor, before ejecting the exhaust nozzle to generate thrust.
An August 8 image from @planetlabs showing the Serebryanka, a nuclear fuel carrier, near a missile test site in Russia, where an explosion and fire broke out earlier. The ship's presence may be related to the testing of a nuclear-powered cruise missile. pic.twitter.com/QhdxuDC91w
— Jeffrey Lewis (@ArmsControlWonk) August 9, 2019
What is the secret of the presence of a ship?!
The presence of a ship carrying nuclear fuel Srebrenica in the region at the time of the accident refers to a Borevisnik missile.
Which reported that this ship part of the naval fleet sent by Russia to the North Pole to recover parts of Borevistnik, which crashed last year.
The ship configured to transport nuclear fuel rods safely and similar cargo.
Which, would perfectly suit to carry nuclear-powered cruise missiles.
It stays inside part of the Dvina Bay in the White Sea, which was
- closed by the Russian government to all public.
- commercial activities after the accident.
However, Severodvinsk authorities reported that radiation levels returned to normal within hours of the incident.
The Russian Defense Ministry later denied any radiation leak at all.
Late on August 8, 2019, Severodvinsk officials erased alerts about the radiation they posted online in Russian and English and linked to the Russian Ministry of Defense.