THIS is the dramatic moment Russia’s £300m stealth warship that was designed to carry hypersonic missiles went up in flames in a humiliating blow for Vladimir Putin.
New footage shows devastating fire damage to the new £307 million warship intended to carry Putin’s lethal Mach-9 hypersonic missiles.
The scale of the blaze, which started on Friday in St Petersburg, has been viewed as a massive set back to the Kremlin’s naval modernisation programme.
Huge flames and thick smoke were seen rising from the corvette Provornyy at Severnaya Verf shipyard where it was being built.
The battleship was almost completely destroyed by the fire – the latest of a spate of mysterious blazes at top secret naval shipbuilding facilities – with the damage running into hundreds of millions of pounds, say reports.
Russia says there were no weapons or crew on board when fire broke out, however, other reports claims three crew were injured, with Military.com claiming two required hospitalisation.
Moscow has launched a criminal probe into the blaze on the Provornyy – designed to carry Russia’s deadly new Zircon – or Tskirkon – hypersonic missile.
The 6,670 mph weapon is seen as “unstoppable” by current Western technology, and will initially be deployed on frigates but Putin said it would “definitely” be used with Project 20385 corvettes like the blitzed Provornyy.
Now therefore, [reverently] fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and in truth; put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the [Euphrates] River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.
And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:14-15 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition)