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China builds ‘disposable’ nuclear-powered torpedo

Military engineers from Beijing have developed a smaller, less expensive version of Russia’s “Poseidon” underwater drone. Like its Russian counterpart, the weapon is powered by a disposable nuclear reactor, reports the South China Morning Post. It is designed to provide the torpedo with a range of 10,000 kilometers. That is roughly equivalent to the range of an intercontinental ballistic missile. AI technologies such as machine learning are expected to allow the weapon to attack targets underwater with little or no human involvement.

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