Russia’s explosion at the secret test site during the missile engine test caused various speculations. Although according to Russian officials, the accident was nothing more than “the tragic coincidence of missile testing”, the Western media have different opinions. The speculation may be that Russia’s latest nuclear-powered cruise missile test failed, and even questioned that Russia intends to cover up the truth. It is another. “Chernobyl accident”.
Russian Ministry of Defense: normal radiation indicators
“Viewpoint” said on the 11th that the Russian National Atomic Energy Corporation said that a military test site in Arkhangelsk State exploded on the 8th when testing the missile liquid fuel engine, resulting in the death of five employees of the company and three others. Trauma and burns of varying degrees. The accident occurred during the “radioisotope power supply” of the missile liquid fuel engine. The test was carried out on an offshore platform. The Russian company described the power of the missile fuel to explode and throw several people into the sea.
According to the “Viewpoint”, the explosion occurred at the 45th National Maritime Test Site of the Russian Navy in North Devinsk. The test site was built in 1954 and is mainly used to test sea-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and air defense missile systems. Almost all missiles in service with the Russian Navy have been tested here, and it is known as one of the most secret test sites of the Russian army.
The Russian Ministry of National Defense stated that the explosion did not release dangerous substances into the atmosphere and the radiation indicators in the relevant areas were normal. The radioisotope power supply in the accident is different from the chain reaction in the nuclear reactor. When heated, “the radioactive fuel will naturally decompose completely and will not cause radiation damage”.
Conspiracy theory speculation prevails
However, the statement of the Russian Defense Ministry is inconsistent with the news circulating in the Russian media and social media, causing speculations on various conspiracy theories. The “Russia Today” TV station website said on the 10th that the explosion accident had caused the radiation index of the relevant region to reach its peak, but then the indicator quickly returned to normal. Singapore’s Lianhe Zaobao said on the 11th that the announcement on the website of the North Devensk City Government near the test site said that the environmental radiation had suddenly increased at noon on the 8th, “this announcement disappeared from the website on the 9th.”
“Russia Today” said that a leaked live video showed that experts wearing protective clothing were measuring on a helicopter carrying the injured. “Although it is clear that the medical staff did not take any additional protective measures when transporting the injured, this video only exacerbated the spread of rumors that the Russian government tried to cover up the scale of the incident and the Chernobyl incident. Quite an accident.”
Reuters quoted the American Federation of Scientists expert Ang Panda as saying that the liquid fuel missile engine will not release radiation when it explodes, so it may be “an accident when the Russian President Putin touted the nuclear-powered cruise missile test last year.” Regarding whether Russia was testing nuclear-powered missiles at the time, senior US officials did not comment on this, but he questioned the instructions of the Russian Defense Ministry: “We continue to monitor the situation in the extreme northern regions of Russia, but the Russians say that all normal guarantees We think it is empty talk. This reminds us of a series of events dating back to the Chernobyl accident, which raises questions about whether the Kremlin gives priority to the welfare of the Russian people, rather than maintaining its own control over power.”
What kind of missile is it?
The Russian “link” news network said that the United States believes that the explosion may occur during the testing of the “Haiyan” nuclear-powered cruise missile nuclear power plant. There are also speculations that it may be related to testing the Russian Navy’s “zircon” hypersonic missile. “But all these claims are just speculation.”
The “Viewpoint” noted that the Russian official statement stated that it was an explosion when testing a liquid fuel missile engine, while the “Haiyan” nuclear-powered cruise missile used a solid fuel engine. Russian military expert Vasily Kashin said that the reason for the participation of the personnel of the National Atomic Energy Corporation during the test was probably because the missile engine used an innovative radioisotope power supply. This type of special power source commonly used in the aerospace industry does not provide energy for the engine itself, but provides energy for certain components and systems. This power supply can be used for many years and does not rule out the possibility that it will be used in some kind of weapon.
Dmitry Kornev, a military expert on the Russian military portal, supported the hypothesis that the explosion was related to the test of the Haiyan nuclear-powered cruise missile. He said that the accident occurred not far from the nuclear launch site of the Xindi Island, and the missile could be tested at Xindi Island. Since Haiyan is a brand new missile, it is normal to fail during testing. He also said that “the isotope power supply releases little radioactive contamination and will not cause serious nuclear pollution.”