Russia Primes Nuclear Bomb 12 Times More Powerful Than Dropped on Hiroshima

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Russia Primes Nuclear Bomb 12 Times More Powerful Than Dropped on Hiroshima

BY BRENDAN COLE ON 12/14/22 AT 4:57 AM EST

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Video of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on a silo launcher has been released by Russia’s defense ministry and widely reported by the country’s media in an apparent warning to the West.

Russian tabloid newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda reported that the Yars missile complex, which was loaded in the Kaluga region, had a capacity “12 times greater than the American bomb that destroyed Hiroshima”—referring to the atomic weapon dropped on the Japanese city on August 6, 1945.

The mass circulation paper’s report outlined some of the missile’s specifications, which include a launch weight of 46,000 tons, an operational range of up to 12,000 kilometers (7,456 miles) that can strike the U.S. or anywhere in Europe, and a payload of up to 500 kilotons.

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