[World Wide Web Military Reporting Special Reporter Liu Yupeng Wei Yunfeng] Russias Opinion 11 said, Russia in a secret test site for missile engine test explosion triggered a variety of speculation. Although according to Russian officials, the accident is only a tragic coincidence of missile test, but the Western media have different opinions, speculating that the latest Russian nuclear-powered cruise missile test may fail, and even questioning the Russian sides intention to cover up the truth, is another Chernobyl accident.
Russian Ministry of Defense: Normal Radiation Index
Russias National Atomic Energy Group (NAEC) said Friday that five of its employees were killed and three others were injured and burned to varying degrees when an explosion occurred at a military test site in Alhangersk during testing a missile liquid fuel engine. The accident occurred during the operation of the radioactive isotope power supply of the missile liquid fuel engine. The test was carried out on an offshore platform, and the Italian Task Force described the power of a missile fuel fire and explosion as throwing several people into the sea.
According to Opinion, 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 serving in the Russian Navy have been tested here, and it is known as one of the Russian Armys most secret test sites.
Russias Ministry of Defense said that the explosion did not release dangerous substances into the atmosphere, the relevant regional radiation indicators are normal. The radioactive isotope power supply in the accident is different from the chain reaction in the nuclear reactor. When heated, the radioactive fuel will decompose naturally and completely without radiation hazard.
Conspiracy speculation prevails
However, the statement of the Russian Ministry of Defense is inconsistent with the news circulated in the Russian media and social media, which has aroused speculation of various conspiracy theories. Today Russia TV website said on the 10th that the explosion accident had made the relevant regional radiation index peak, but then the index soon returned to normal. Singapores Lianhe Zaobao said Wednesday that an announcement on the website of the North Devinsk Municipal Government near the test site said that environmental radiation had increased sharply at noon on the 8th, the announcement disappeared from the website on the 9th.
Russia Today said a leaked live video showed experts wearing protective clothing measuring on a helicopter carrying the injured. Although it is clear that medical personnel did not take any additional protective measures when transporting the injured, this video will only intensify the spread of rumors that the Russian government tried to cover up the accident on a scale comparable to that of Chernobyl.
Reuters quoted American Federation of Scientists expert Angel Panda as saying that the liquid fuel missile engine would not emit radiation when it exploded, so it might be an accident in the nuclear cruise missile test that Russian President Putin touted last year. Anonymous senior U.S. officials declined to comment on whether Russia was testing nuclear-powered missiles at the time, but questioned the statement of the Russian Ministry of Defense: We continue to monitor what is happening in Russias Arctic region, but Russia says that all normal guarantees are empty words. This reminds us of a series of events that date back to the Chernobyl accident, which call into question whether the Kremlin gives priority to the welfare of the Russian people, rather than maintaining its own control over power.
What missile is it?
Viewpoint noted that the Russian official statement said that the explosion occurred while testing the liquid fuel missile engine, while the Haiyan nuclear-powered cruise missile used solid fuel motor. Russian military expert Vasili Kashen said that the reason why the National Atomic Energy Corporation (NAEC) participated in the test may be that the missile engine used innovative radioisotope power sources. This kind of special power supply commonly used in the aerospace field does not provide energy for the engine itself, but for some parts and systems. This kind of power supply can be used for many years, which does not exclude the possibility that it can be used in some kind of weapon.
Dmitry Kornev, a military expert on Russias military portal, supported the hypothesis that the explosion was related to the test of the nuclear-powered cruise missile Haiyan. He said the site of the accident was not far from the New Territory nuclear range, and the missile could be tested against the New Territory. As Haiyan is a brand new missile, it is normal for failure to occur during testing. At the same time, he said, Radioactive contamination released by isotope power sources is very small and will not cause serious nuclear pollution.
Source: Global Times Responsible Editor: Wang Fengzhi_NT2541