Russia secret nuclear weapon footage a scare tactic?

Earlier this week State-controlled TV in Russia showed plans for a new submarine with nuclear torpedo capabilities.

According to the Kremlin, the airing of the footage was a mistake.

In the video, a document describing a weapons system called Status-6, which it said would cause radioactive contamination to make coastal areas unsuitable for military or economic activity “for a long time”.

The footage was shot over a military officer’s shoulder during a meeting with President Vladimir Putin, and broadcast on NTV and Channel One.

The channels later removed the footage, reports the Telegraph.

President Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “It’s true that some secret information was caught by the camera and therefore it was subsequently removed. We hope this will not happen again.”

Many people the video was aired deliberately to alarm the West.

President Putin has held four meetings on defence issues in as many days this week, reflecting the close attention he is paying to military modernisation at a time of heightened tensions with the United States and Europe over the crisis in Ukraine.