Norwegian intelligence fears possible radiation emissions during the alleged test of a Russian nuclear-powered missile. This is reported by The Barents Observer, referring to Vice Admiral Nils Andreas Stensønes, head of the Norwegian Intelligence Service.
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According to the source, the Russian Federation may be preparing to test the Burevestnik intercontinental cruise missile (SSC-X-9 Skyfall according to NATO classification), which is equipped with a nuclear propulsion system. For several days there has been increased activity on the Novosibirsk islands and at the Pankovo test range.
The missile may be launched towards the Barents Sea. But it is not yet clear whether a test is imminent. Judging by the NOTAM notification, the window will be open until September 24, 2023. Norwegian authorities are closely monitoring the situation and are concerned about possible radiation releases.
Information about the SSC-X-9 Skyfall rocket is still scarce. According to available data, the launch engine is a solid-fuel engine, and the march engine is a nuclear air-jet. The power of the latter can reach 766 kW. Also worth noting is the use of a direct-flow open-type gas turbine.
In the summer of 2019, in the course of work on the SSC-X-9 Skyfall missile, an accident occurred. In the Arkhangelsk region, according to the official version, a liquid jet engine with a radioisotope power source exploded. In the city of Severodvinsk, which is located 30 kilometres from the explosion site, the radiation background was almost 20 times higher than usual.
Source: The Barents Observer