Russian TV Accidentally Shows Plans for Nuclear Torpedo System

Associated Press

Kremlin-controlled channels aired images in their coverage of a meeting between Vladimir Putin and military chiefs, but later deleted the video footage from their websites.

Russian state-controlled television channels have aired images of what were secret plans for a nuclear torpedo system that the Kremlin is developing.

Russia's top two networks, Channel One and NTV, both showed video footage from a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and military chiefs that included confidential drawings and details of the Status-6 weapons system.

In the footage, subsequently deleted from the two channels' online archives, a senior military officer is seen looking at the plans, designed by Rubin, a nuclear submarine maker based in St. Petersburg.

The document, seen on screen for several seconds, detailed that the submarine-mounted torpedoes, would create "zones of extensive radioactive contamination, making them unsuitable for military or economic activity for a long period," according to media reports.

The footage, from a meeting between Putin and military chiefs in the Black Sea city of Sochi, aired on Tuesday. Several Russian websites published screenshots from the footage before the channels deleted it.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov admitted the footage showed plans that were meant to be kept secret, saying "In [the] future, we will undoubtedly take preventative measures so this does not happen again."

Tight control over Russian television usually prevents such incidents, and with no evidence that any heads had rolled at the channels, there was speculation in journalistic circles that it could have also been an incident of Russian braggadocio.