Last week, an accident related to the explosion of a missile in northwestern Russia caused the death of five members of Russia’s state-owned atomic energy business, Rosatom. Although reports came from Rosatom and at least one local agency since the accident took place a few days ago, no such reports referencing the accident had been published by the federal government of the Russian Federation, also known as the Kremlin.
Earlier today, on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, the Kremlin carried out a conference call headed by Dmitry Peskov, a spokesperson for the Russian Federation, with reporters from several news agencies. Although Peskov reported that he wasn’t able to speak in detail on the situation, he did make a remark that, unfortunately, accidents take place in the testing of military equipment. Peskov then stated that accidents such as the one that took place last week would not hinder the Russian government’s ability to further advance its military’s capabilities.
Peskov also took the opportunity to brag on the Russian Federation’s high rank on the world’s list of countries with advanced military equipment and weapons, alleging that Russia was “far ahead” of most countries on the third rock from the Sun.
News agencies and military experts from around the world widely believe that the missile that exploded in Nyonoksa, the small town in northwest Russia where the missile was tested by Rosatom, was powered by nuclear technology. However, Peskov declined to speak on the issue, reserving his right to confirm whether the missile was actually utilizing nuclear power or not.
Not too much information regarding the military missile testing or the accident has been released by government agencies on any level of government in Russia. However, based on a few pieces of information that have come out of the following agencies mentioned below, it’s likely that the missile that exploded a few days ago was an intercontinental ballistic missile known as the SSC-X-9 Skyfall by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, and the Burevestnik by the Russian government.
Yesterday, on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, a member of the Russian Federal Nuclear Center said that Rosatom’s scientists were around small sources of energy that utilized “radioactive fissile materials.” Rosatom also claimed that “isotope power sources within a liquid propulsion system” were being tested at the time of the accident. As such, experts have pieced together that the missile being tested was one that Putin first announced back in March 2018, stating it had “unlimited range.”