Nuclear-Powered Cruise Missiles Are a Terrible Idea. Russia’s Test Explosion Shows Why | Defense One

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When President Donald Trump heard that Russia’s experimental nuclear-powered cruise missile had exploded, killing seven scientists and causing a major radiological incident less than 300 miles from the Finnish border, he fired off a boastful tweet. “We have similar, though more advanced, technology,” he said.

This is…not accurate. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the United States pursued a less advanced version of a similar technology but abandoned the effort before ever launching an actual test vehicle. Nuclear-powered cruise missiles, the Pentagon concluded, are a bad idea.

Source: Nuclear-Powered Cruise Missiles Are a Terrible Idea. Russia’s Test Explosion Shows Why – Defense One

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